Friday, July 16, 2010

Christ Church Savannah: Appeal In Episcopal Split Case

SAVANNAH, Ga.
Fri., July 16, 2010

Members of Georgia's oldest Episcopal church are making one more appeal in their long-running fight to hang on to a church they believe is theirs.

Savannah's 277 year-old Christ Church broke off from its diocese over a raft of issues dividing Anglicans world-wide, including the ordination of gay priests.

Recently, a state appeals court ruled, church members had to give their historic building back to the diocese

Pastor Marc Robertson says, although church leaders are appealing to the state Supreme Court, they're also prepared to leave their sanctuary, which is worth millions of dollars and occupies a very prominent location downtown. the rest

Devotional: Divine healing is just divine life...

Divine healing is just divine life. It is the headship of Christ over the body. It is the life of Christ in the frame. It is the union of our members with the very body of Christ and the inflowing life of Christ in our living members. It is as real as His risen and glorified body. It is as reasonable as the fact that He was raised from the dead and is a living Man with a true body and a rational soul today at God's right hand.

That living Christ belongs to us in all His attributes and powers. We are members of His body, His flesh and His bones, and if we can only believe and receive it, we may live upon the very life of the Son of God. Lord, help me to know "the Lord for the body and the body for the Lord.' ...AB Simpson
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Missouri 5th State to Opt Out of Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

Thursday July 15, 2010
By John Jalsevac
WASHINGTON

(LifeSiteNews.com) –Yesterday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon allowed SB 793 to become law without his signature. The law will significantly enhance the state's informed consent protections for pregnant women and make Missouri the fifth state to opt-out of the abortion mandate in the federal health care law.

A spokesman for the governor, Scott Holste, would not say whether the governor personally supports or opposes the abortion bill.

"Gov. Nixon believes that that given the legislative deliberations ... the appropriate action is to allow the bill to go into effect," Holste said, according to the Associated Press. the rest

Students Protest Religion Instructor's Removal

Kenneth Howell Lost Job After Complaint About His Stance On Homosexuality
Jul 15, 2010
URBANA, Ill.

A group of University of Illinois students are urging the school to reinstate a religion instructor who lost his job after a student complained that he engaged in hate speech by saying he agreed with Catholic doctrine on homosexuality.

Fliers opposing the firing of adjunct instructor Kenneth Howell have been put up around campus, including one that warns professors that "Teaching your course could cost you your career." Students also have set up a Facebook page in support of Howell.

"What upset me about this, and what's upset other people, is we kind of feel students' sensitivity is starting to dictate what is taught at the university," Eli Lazar, who was among the students putting up fliers, told The News-Gazette of Champaign. the rest

Muslim woman who strangled daughter gets suspended sentence

Aset Magomadova placed on probation for three years
By Daryl Slade, Calgary Herald
July 15, 2010

CALGARY - The Calgary mother who killed her teenage daughter by strangling her with a scarf more than three years ago will not have to spend a day in jail, a judge ruled on Thursday.

But, in suspending the sentence of Aset Magomadova and placing her on probation for three years, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Sal LoVecchio said the penalty can still meet the ends of justice.

"At first blush (a suspended sentence) may sound like a get out of jail free card. It is not," emphasized the judge. the rest

Argentina legalises gay marriage

by Ethan Cole
Christian Post
Friday, July 16, 2010

Argentina legalised same-sex marriage Thursday, offering gay couples all the same rights given to their heterosexual counterparts, including adopting children.

In a 33 to 27 vote, with three abstentions, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legally recognise gay marriage. While same-sex civil unions are recognised in Buenos Aires, parts of Mexico and Brazil and in Uruguay, no other Latin American country prior to Argentina had allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry.

The unprecedented legislation passed despite intense opposition by the Roman Catholic Church, which is powerful in the predominantly Catholic nation. President Cristina Fernandez and her centre-left government are strong advocates of gay rights and legalisation of gay marriage. Fernandez has stated she will sign the legislation. the rest

Archeologists unearth 14th century BC fragment

By BEN HARTMAN
07/12/2010

Hebrew University excavations recently unearthed a clay fragment dating back to the 14th century BCE, said to be the oldest written document ever found in Jerusalem.

The tiny fragment is only 2 cm. by 2.8 cm. in surface area and 1 cm. thick and appears to have once been part of a larger tablet. Researchers say the ancient fragment testifies to Jerusalem’s importance as a major city late in the Bronze Age, long before it was conquered by King David.

The minuscule fragment contains Akkadian words written in ancient cuneiform symbols. Researchers say that while the symbols appear to be insignificant, containing simply the words “you,” “you were,” “them,” “to do,” and “later,” the high quality of the writing indicates that it was written by a highly skilled scribe. Such a revelation would mean that the piece was likely written for tablets that were part of a royal household. the rest

Horowitz said that the fragment, which is made of Jerusalem clay, indicated that Jerusalem was one of the central cities of the area at the time.

Western Australian Euthanasia Bill Defines Dying as 2 Years to Live

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wesley J. Smith

The euthanasia agenda pretends to be narrow, but in actuality, it is very broad. We have discussed the evidence of this repeatedly over the years at SHS.

Further proof came today when I was asked whilst here in Perth to review the Western Australia Euthanasia Bill 2010. The bill would legalize doctors killing their terminally ill patients who ask for it. But the definition of terminal illness is so broad that people who might live decades would qualify. the rest

New Regulations Outline Content, Transmission Standards for Every Americans’ Electronic Health Records

Friday, July 16, 2010
By Matt Cover, Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) – New regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday outline federal standards for the electronic health records that every American must have by 2014.

The regulations, developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and issued by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, are the first concrete step for the government as it pursues the goal – first outlined in the 2009 economic stimulus law – of making all health care providers use the electronic record systems by 2014. the rest

If doctors or hospitals do not comply and insist on using the traditional paper record-keeping systems, the federal government will penalize them by docking their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, making it harder for them to stay in business.
Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Says HHS

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Devotional: Begin each day by tarrying before God...

The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came. I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself. Begin each day by tarrying before God, and letting Him touch you. ...Andrew Murray image by vramak

Europe’s Backlash Against Islamization

FrontPage Magazine
15 July 2010
By Ryan Mauro

Facing a precarious future, Europe has only just begun to reckon with increasing Muslim populations and Islamic extremism. If current demographic trends persist, Europe’s democratic secular foundations will be in serious jeapordy in about twenty five years. This disturbing reality is causing a backlash, forcing European governments to confront the threat of Sharia law — and even some Muslims are joining the fight. The battle for the fate of the continent is intensifying.

France took the first step in trying to stop the spread of Islam by banning any religious symbols from being worn in public schools, which included the headscarves worn by many Muslim women. This caused outrage in the Muslim world, and President Obama criticized it during his address in Cairo. Then in November, the Swiss voted in favor of banning the construction of minarets on mosques. This has sparked major movements on the continent to take further measures that would have been unthinkable a decade ago.

One by one, the countries of Europe are placing restrictions on wearing the burqas and niqabs in government buildings or even in public. In April, Belgium became the first of them to pass an all-encompassing ban, and the French Council of Ministers followed by passing a similar ban that the National Assembly has just approved. It is expected to pass the Senate in September and then be signed by President Sarkozy. the rest

Vatican to allow lay involvement in canon law trials

The Irish Times
Friday, July 16, 2010
PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent and
PADDY AGNEW in Rome

THE VATICAN has cleared the way for lay involvement in canon law trials, in its first major review for nine years of church law governing how it deals with clerical child sex abuse.

It has doubled the statute of limitations period over which investigations of such abuse can take place and, for the first time, has included provisions for dealing with the abuse of disabled adults.
It also cleared the way for dealing rapidly with abuse, branded possession of child pornography as a “grave crime”, and made “cardinals, patriarchs, legates of the Apostolic See and bishops” subject to the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on child sex abuse matters. the rest

Vatican says women priests a 'crime against faith'

The ordination of women as Roman Catholic priests has been made a “crime against the faith” by the Vatican and subject to discipline by its watchdog.
By Fiona Govan
15 Jul 2010

The new rules issued by the Vatican puts attempts at ordaining women among the “most serious crimes” alongside paedophilia and will be handled by investigators from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), considered the successor to the Inquistion.

Women attempting to be priests, and those who try to ordain them, already faced automatic excommunication but the new decree goes further and enshrines the action as “a crime against sacraments”.

The unexpected ruling follows Pope Benedict XVI’s open-armed welcome to Anglican clergy dissatisfied with General Synod attempts to compromise over calls for the ordination of women as bishops.

Under current plans the first women bishops could be ordained in the Anglican Church as soon as 2014, a move which has caused a deep schism between reformers and traditionalists, who threaten to leave the Church of England in droves and defect to Rome. the rest

How Women Bishops Affect Anglican-Catholic Dialogue

Interview With Secretary of Vatican's Unity Council
By Inma Álvarez
ROME, JULY 15, 2010

(Zenit.org).- After a bitter vote, the Church of England decided Monday that women can be consecrated as bishops. But the secretary of the Vatican's unity council says ecumenical dialogue will continue as before.

The synodal decision must be put to a referendum within a year by another similar synod; nevertheless it is a vote that marks an important point within the history of the Church of England.

The vote was noteworthy in another regard: a conciliatory amendment proposed by the archbishops of Canterbury and York, Rowan Williams and John Sentamu, was rejected.

Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told ZENIT that the Anglican decision does represent an "enormous obstacle." Nevertheless, he said, the effects of this vote must be kept in a proper perspective. the rest

Archaeologists Uncover Goliath's Hometown

by Maayana Miskin
07/13/10

An ongoing archaeological excavation in Tel Tzafit continues to unearth the ruins of what was once the city of Gat – described in the Bible as the hometown of Goliath. Professor Aren Maeir, who is directing the dig, spoke to Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language news service to discuss the latest finds.

Recent finds from the Tel Tzafit excavation are “fascinating,” Maeir said. The site, inhabited at times by Canaanites and at other times by Philistines, has remnants from many periods of history. “We are focusing on the Canaanite period, the Philistine period, and the Israelite period, and for now we're primarily in the Philistine period,” he said.

One of the most interesting finds was a piece of writing containing, among other things, Philistine names, some of which were similar to the name “Goliath.”

"We've found a rich variety of artifacts” showing that Gat was a major city at that time, he continued. “We are now discovering remnants from metal craft and bronze, and from the destruction of the city at the hands of King Chazel of Aram as described in the second books of Kings.” the rest image

U of M prof, students dig at site of ancient biblical city

Eight Christians killed by Muslims in Nigeria

July 15, 2010

Muslims recently attacked Christian villages and killed at least eight Christians in Kaduna and Plateau states of northern Nigeria. On July 3, five believers, including a primary school teacher and mother of six children, were killed by Muslims in Kizachi village in Kaduna State. The Muslims also burned down five homes belonging to Christians. Local sources reported that the police had stopped protecting the village on July 2 after the government failed to pay their salaries.

The next evening, Muslims armed with guns and machetes invaded Ganawuri community, near Jos. Three Christians are presumed to be dead. A spokesperson of the Nigerian military's Special Task Force (STF) said the attackers were suspected herdsmen from neighbouring communities of Kaduna State. STF received an emergency call and, upon response, a fire fight ensued with the attackers. One of the attackers was shot and six were arrested. Those arrested have since been handed over to the state police for further investigations. the rest

The Long Reach of Teachers Unions

Mike Antonucci
15/07/2010

Using money to win friends and influence policy. When the Florida legislature, on April 8th, passed a bill that sought to replace teacher tenure with merit pay, the Florida Education Association (FEA) sprang into action, organizing members and community activists to lobby Governor Charlie Crist to veto the measure. FEA, with the help of its parent union,the National Education Association (NEA), generated thousands of e-mails, letters, phone calls, and Internet posts in opposition to the legislation. When Governor Crist delivered his veto on April 15th, the union ran television and Internet ads, thanking him. A few weeks later, FEA gave a much-needed boost to Crist’s independent bid for a U.S. Senate seat by endorsing both Crist and Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek.

If you think it’s far-fetched to suggest that a teachers union could play the role of political kingmaker, think again. The largest political campaign spender in America is not a megacorporation, such as Wal-Mart, Microsoft, or ExxonMobil. It isn’t an industry association, like the American Bankers Association or the National Association of Realtors. It’s not even a labor federation, like the AFL-CIO. If you combine the campaign spending of all those entities it does not match the amount spent by the National Education Association, the public-sector labor union that represents some 2.3 million K–12 public school teachers and nearly a million education support workers (bus drivers, custodians, food service employees), retirees, and college student members. NEA members alone make up more than half of union members working for local governments, by far the most unionized segment of the U.S. economy. the rest

NEA celebrates 'drag queen' teachers
The National Education Association (NEA) continues to alienate more and more of its conservative constituents as the organization showed its liberal leanings at its 2010 national convention.

At this year's meeting in New Orleans, the largest professional organization and labor union in the U.S. recognized a new caucus: the NEA Drag Queen Caucus...

Progress: Schools Teaching Your 10-Year-Old Child About Anal Sex
Funny, but I always thought that schools should focus on teaching our children subjects like reading, writing and math. Not so, evidently! That’s for fuddy-duddy, old school philistines. Nowadays, with those things called Progress and hopeandchange ™, our children are being taught about oral and anal sex and “fisting.” Often under the guise of abstinence programs and without the consent, or even the knowledge of, their parents...

Court strikes challenge to DC gay marriage law

July 15, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) -- D.C.'s highest court has ruled against opponents of the city's same-sex marriage law, saying they cannot ask voters to overturn it.

Opponents had wanted to challenge a law that took effect in Washington in March allowing same-sex couples to marry. They attempted to get approval to put an initiative on the ballot asking city voters to define marriage in the city as between one man and one woman. But city officials balked, saying a district human rights law barred initiatives that would authorize discrimination.

On Thursday, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled 5-4 that officials had the authority to keep the measure off the ballot and acted appropriately. link

Dio. of Upper SC: Trinity Episcopal dean suspended

Thursday, Jul. 15, 2010
By CAROLYN CLICK

The Very Rev. Philip C. Linder, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, was suspended today by the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, apparently over a leadership dispute between Linder and the vestry of the downtown Columbia church.

Bishop W. Andrew Waldo issued the suspension after Linder violated ground rules for the mediation process, according to a statement circulated to lay leaders of the church.

The news sent shock waves through the close-knit Episcopal church, which is in the midst of a $7 million restoration of the Gothic cathedral.

“To govern conduct during the mediation process, the Bishop established certain ground rules, called pastoral directives,” the statement said. “Dean Linder violated those directives. Please be assured that these matters do not involve any breaches of moral standards.”

In his absence, Bishop Waldo appointed Canon Charles Davis to serve as acting dean.
Linder has been leader of the cathedral since 1999. link

Documentary Revealing Truth about the Pill Now Available Online

Wednesday July 14, 2010
By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
July 14, 2010

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Filmmaker Trent Herbert has produced a well-researched documentary called “28 Days on the Pill” that exposes the abortifacient properties of the birth control pill.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Pill, the documentary is being made available online for the first time.

Featuring Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Christian author Randy Alcorn (“Heaven, Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?”) and Dr. Walt Larimore (formerly with Focus on the Family), the film makes the case that few people are aware that oral contraceptives can cause abortions.

According to the documentary, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian Pharmacists Association's drug information resource, and the Physicians Desk Reference, the American standard, mention the abortifacient qualities of the pill. But the majority of information given to oral contraceptive users fails to disclose it. the rest

Visit the “28 Days on the Pill” Website here.

View the full documentary "28 Days on the Pill" now by clicking here.

Paralysed man blinked to stay alive as life support machine was about to be turned off

BBC documentary captures moment patient pleaded with doctors for his life
Case underlines the potential pitfalls of living wills, campaigners claim
By David Derbyshire and Andrew Levy
14th July 2010

It is a decision no parent ever wants to make. But as the Rudd family watched their 43-year-old son lying paralysed and comatose on a life support machine, they came to a terrible conclusion.
Recalling a conversation where Richard told them he wouldn't want to be trapped in a useless body, his relatives agreed it was time to let him go.

Yet even as the Rudd family mentally prepared to say goodbye, his doctor made a startling discovery.

Despite his devastating spinal injuries, Richard Rudd was still able to blink his eyes in response to simple questions.

And when asked if he wanted to stay alive, the father of two's answer was a categoric 'Yes'. the rest
The programme last night reignited the controversy over living wills, where people declare in advance how they wish to be treated if they are seriously ill and unable to communicate.

Thousands of doctors organize National Doctors Tea Party Movement

July 14, 2010
Christianity & Politics Examiner
Elizabeth Delaney

They haven’t gotten much press, but there are thousands of doctors across the nation who are fed up with the Obama administration’s move to commandeer the medical industry through the new healthcare law. Thousands of brave doctors who are, according to their website, deeply concerned about “the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship from third-party intrusion” are, and have been, speaking out against Obamacare.

In a nutshell, the National Doctors Tea Party Movement sees the “casualties” of Obamacare as including, “jobs, medical innovation, patient privacy, ready access to excellent medical services, financial security for millions who worked and saved, the right of conscience, and the credit rating of the United States.” Perhaps the most startling concern that they have is that the new healthcare law “will drive up to half of America’s physicians out of practice.” That means longer wait times to see a Doctor and it will likely end up leading to rationing. In fact, an article at their website points out that “A national health board is a first step to picking winners and losers among patients, saving money instead of lives.” the rest

US Gov't IS Funding the Kenya 'Yes' Campaign

Embassy Denial Contradicted by Obama Administration's 'Get Out the Yes Vote' Grant Program for Kenya
WASHINGTON
July 14.2010

Christian Newswire -- A series of U.S. taxpayer-funded agreements awarded to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) by the Obama Administration clearly contradicts recent statements issued by the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi claiming neutrality in the Kenya constitutional referendum scheduled for a vote in early August.

"There is no doubt that the Obama Administration is funding the 'yes' campaign in Kenya," said Rep. Chris Smith, one of three U.S. lawmakers who have requested an investigation into U.S. activities leading up to the referendum on a proposed constitution that would liberalize the abortion law in Kenya.

"By funding NGOs charged with obtaining 'yes' votes, the Administration has crossed the line," he said. the rest

Bishop Wright says church must challenge world’s ‘self-serving’ notions

by Jenna Lyle
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bishop Tom Wright bid farewell to the Diocese of Durham on Tuesday night with a reminder to the Church to stand against political correctness and be the voice of justice for the poor and God’s creation.

Delivering his farewell sermon before his retirement as Bishop of Durham next month, Bishop Wright challenged the notion that being interested in social justice meant denying the resurrection of Jesus, whilst being interested in eternal salvation meant having to treat the world as irrelevant.

He urged Christians to speak out in the face of injustice and give hope to those in difficulty, such as the poor and asylum seekers. the rest

Congregations struggle in aging, decaying churches

By TOM BREEN (AP)
posted 7/14/10

RALEIGH, N.C. — About halfway through Sunday service at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, as worshipers passed around the collection plate, a chorus of screams pierced the air.

Chunks of the ceiling in the 52-year-old church near Hickory came crashing down on the crowd of 200 or so, striking about 14, who were later treated and released from nearby hospitals. A jagged piece of the ceiling, roughly 10 feet by 10 feet, dangled from exposed wires over the back pews as deacons struggled to guide panicking worshipers from the building.

"My jaw just dropped," the Rev. Antonio Logan said. "I thought, 'This can't be real.'"

Caring for old church facilities is an increasingly acute problem, particularly for mainline Protestant denominations. As membership declines and budgets shrink, the beautiful edifices of American Christianity can feel like weights dragging down churches that are forced to spend money on maintenance and repairs instead of ministry, charity and other Gospel-derived imperatives. the rest

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Devotional: Prayer is the solace of the soul...

Prayer is the solace of the soul; therefore the Apostle directs us in everything to pray. Indeed, we can not be said to wait upon God without prayer; for prayer is the fixing of the eye, the outgoing of the heart, the breathing of the spirit, the cry of the soul.

In waiting upon God, let your prayers be simple-simple as a child's speech to its father. Let them be direct, going direct from your heart to the heart of God. Let them be comprehensive, comprising all you need or wish, all you fear or dread, all that is needful now, and all that appears desirable for the future. Everything should be turned into prayer; all our concerns should be laid before the Lord. They may be temporal or spiritual, limited to time or run into eternity; but whether they regard the soul or the body, the individual person only or the family, the church, the country, or the world, whether they be great things or only small matters, they should be carried to the throne, and be laid before the Lord.


This is the way to enjoy settled, solid, and habitual peace, and to carry out the Savior's admonition– "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me." Anything that troubles us, however small or apparently trifling, interests our heavenly Father, and he wishes to hear of it from his child's own mouth. Hence the exhortation– "Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us."
...By James Smith, of Cheltenham, New York, 1869 image by babasteve

Diocese of Fond du Lac: Seven area churches mull regional ministry options

By Nick Paulson
Central Wisconsin Sunday
July 11, 2010

Facing an uncertain future, seven Episcopal parishes in central Wisconsin are exploring a regional approach to ministry designed to provide stability for each congregation.

All seven congregations are staring at aging and shrinking memberships and declining financial resources. Only two have full-time priests.

Many of the specifics haven't even been discussed yet. But the regional ministry would afford each congregation more access to a priest -- parishioners in some of the smaller ones now receive the Eucharist only two or three times a month -- with churches sharing a priest and making more use of retired clergy in the area. The regional ministry also could pool financial and human resources, which could help save money in the long run.

"Looking at the future, we have to ask ourselves if the model of one priest per congregation is going to be sustainable and viable," said the Rev. David Klutterman, rector of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Wausau, who has helped organize the initial meetings among leaders of the various congregations. "What we've discovered is there seems to be an energy to try and create a new model for how we do church." the rest

Beloved Drawing Toy Etch A Sketch Turns 50

July 13, 2010

Happy 50th birthday, Etch A Sketch.This week in 1960, the Etch A Sketch first hit the market, according to HowStuffWorks.com. Fifty years later, the beloved piece of technology has been transformed from a simple toy to a medium for fine art, a movie character thanks to the "Toy Story" series, and an iPhone app.

Even after half a century, the Etch A Sketch maintains its youthful appearance. Once only available in the iconic red-with-grey-screen variety, the drawing tool now comes in neon-colored housings and multicolor interfaces. the rest image

More drawings


Carmelo Anthony Etch A Sketch All Star

Scotland: Malnutrition of NHS patients ‘is form of euthanasia’

Exclusive by Caroline Wilson
4 Jul 2010

One of the country’s leading health campaigners has urged the Scottish Government to urgently tackle the problem of malnutrition of the elderly and vulnerable in the nation’s hospitals, likening the problem to a form of “euthanasia”.

Dr Jean Turner – executive director of Scotland Patients Association (SPA), a GP and former independent MSP – warned that hundreds of patients, particularly the elderly, are languishing in hospital beds undernourished because they are not given help with feeding.

She says nursing staff are often reluctant to air their concerns about patient welfare because of a fear of repercussions from senior management.

A recent report estimated that 50,000 patients are dying each year in NHS hospitals in a state of malnutrition, which may have hastened their end. New figures released by the British Dietetics Association earlier this week revealed that the problem costs Scotland’s health boards around £1.3 billion each year. The SPA’s warning follows a report by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, which was highly critical of a Lanarkshire hospital’s care of a 66-year-old patient. the rest

Albert Mohler: Hard to Believe? Biblical Authority and Evangelical Feminism

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Anne Eggebroten visited Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and what she found there shocked her. As a matter of fact, she was so shocked that she wrote about that experience in the July 2010 edition of Sojourners magazine. Readers of her article are likely to experience a shock of their own — they will be shocked that Eggebroten could actually have been surprised by what she found there.

In “The Persistence of Patriarchy,” Eggebroten writes about “the wide reach” of complementarian views of manhood and womanhood among conservative Christians. Her article is subtitled: “Hard to believe, but some churches are still teaching about male headship.” Hard to believe?

Can anyone really be surprised that this is so? In some sense, it might be surprising to the generally liberal readership of Sojourners, but it can hardly be surprising to anyone with the slightest attachment to evangelical Christianity. Nevertheless, Anne Eggebroten’s article represents what I call a “National Geographic moment” — an example of someone discovering the obvious and thinking it exotic and strange. It is like a reporter returning from travel to far country to explain the strange tribe of people she found there — evangelical Christians believing what the Christian church has for 2,000 years believed the Bible to teach and require. So . . . what is so exotic? the rest

Obama Administration OKs First Tax-Funded Abortions Under Health Care Law

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 13, 2010
Washington, DC

(LifeNews.com) -- The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. This is the kind of abortion funding the pro-life movement warned about when Congress considered the bill.

The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new "high-risk" insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.
It has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania. the rest

Hewitt: Everybody Knows Every Story

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
by Hugh Hewitt

Powerline's John Hinderaker has a very important post on an exchange about the Black Panthers story that involved California Congressman Brad Sherman, who told a town hall meeting that he wasn't aware of the case, which provoked an angry reaction from the crowd.

Sherman was either lying or telegraphing his woeful disconnect from any news he doesn't want to consider as important to him. The Panther story has been everywhere for a week, and Sherman's profession of ignorance was instantly understood by the crowd as either deception or irresponsibility. John notes that the crowd is very well-informed and that MSM cannot black out stories it doesn't like anymore and this is exactly correct. Democratic congressmen are serially getting caught unprepared or defensive in their responses to an active and informed citizenry that is disgusted with long winded evasions and practiced canards.

Each of these episodes builds on the previous one, and the mood in the country will be implacably demanding a giant purge at the polls come November if the House and senate Democrats do nothing between now and then. A simple five year extension of the Bush tax cuts would immediately produce political gains and economic energy, but the ideologues at the top will not allow it, no matter how much sense it makes. And as the NASA/Panthers/vote fraud stories grow and grow, the movement demand a big brush will as well. link

Dem Congressman: What Black Panther Case?

It's Beginning To Feel Like August 2009, Again

Pro-Life Victory in Ireland: Irish Pro-life Persistence Triumphs

Northern Ireland Health Department withdraws pro-abortion guidelines
By Randy Sly
7/14/2010
Catholic Online

Following a successful court battle to legally challenge a new set of pro-abortion guidelines for Northern Ireland, pro-life groups were informed on Monday that the health department has officially withdrawn the document which they had re-issued. Pro-life organizations have argued from the beginning that this document could be used to legalize abortion through the back door and persisted in their opposition. Their courage, fidelity and persistence prevented a governmental agency effort to overturn pro-life laws. Defense of Life continues.

the rest

Argentina Senate to Vote on Gay Marriage

By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
July 13, 2010

BUENOS AIRES — Already known for having one of the most gay-friendly capitals in the world, Argentina is in the throes of a debate this week over granting the broadest marital protections to gay people in Latin America.

In what is expected to be a fierce discussion, Argentina’s Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill allowing gay people to wed. The proposed law has increased frictions between the Roman Catholic Church and the government of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, which is pushing the bill.

The war of words continued on Tuesday as church leaders staged large protests around the country against the proposed law. On Sunday, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, had declared it a “destructive attack on God’s plan.” the rest

Church of England bishops 'will be allowed to become nuns', according to Synod source

By Damian Thompson
July 14th, 2010

I thought this was a spoof at first, but it seems not: a General Synod working party is exploring whether the Church of England’s male bishops can join religious orders previously reserved for women. In other words, become Anglican nuns.

As usual, the Synod’s topsy-turvy ecclesiology is a mystery to me, but I gather that the idea is that bishops would be entitled to take vows in orders of nuns so that they can provide special episcopal oversight to the sisters. It’s a typically ingenious Anglican response to the forthcoming ordination of women bishops. “There will be jokes about bishops in wimples, but having bishop-nuns would introduce a degree of mutual cooperation that could make the introduction of women bishops much smoother,” says my Synod source. the rest image

(I can't believe that this is not a joke. Raymond say all this clerical gender diversity is habit-forming-ouch! -PD)

UK: Anglicans to relax rules on church weddings

Church of England responds to venue competition by loosening strict regulations on parish links
Riazat Butt
Religious affairs correspondent
Tuesday 13 July 2010

The Church of England agreed today to relax its rules on couples marrying in churches where they have little connection with the local parish, after hearing of the competition it faced from secular venues such as hotels.

Members of the General Synod, the church's national assembly, supported a call for a rule that would allow marrying couples to choose from a greater range of churches for their ceremony.

Clergy would no longer have to apply for a special licence for couples with a "qualifying connection" to one church who want to marry at another church within the same group of parishes. the rest

Tony Seel+: Will the Anglican Communion Disappear?

July 13, 2010
DCNY

The title of this post is from a lecture by Archbishop Michael Ramsey that is included in his book The Anglican Spirit. In his chapter "Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism," Ramsey explores the dynamics of the relationships of Anglicanism to Rome and to Protestants. Near the end of this lecture he speaks of Anglicanism on the Indian subcontinent. In India are the united churches of South India and North India and in Pakistan is the united Church of Pakistan. In all three instances Anglicans have united with Christians from other traditions under the principles of the Lambeth Quadrilateral.

As Ramsey says, the Lambeth Quadrilateral spells out the "basic Catholic facts and principles" regarding what constitutes the fullness of the Church: the Scriptures, the sacraments of salvation (Baptism and Eucharist), the creeds, and the historic episcopate. With these four principles in place Anglicans in India and Pakistan were willing to unite with other Christians. Could this be a model for Anglicanism worldwide?

The crisis in Anglicanism that was precipitated by and continued by the divisive actions of pecusa in 2003 and this year will reverberate through the Communion for the forseeable future. I expect that pecusa will continue to walk apart from the Anglican Communion, will continue to diminish in size and influence, and her leadership will be excluded from more and more areas of Communion life. The Anglican Communion in North America will continue to grow as an orthodox alternative to pecusa and the Anglican Church in Canada and will one day be recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a province of the Anglican Communion. the rest

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Devotional: His presence is known...

His presence is known when we meditate on the fact that the sands of the sea are numbered by Him, that He keeps a count of the waves. Astounded, we reflect that every drop of rain, every day and every hour of all the centuries, everything past and everything to come are all facts of which He is aware.
...John Cassian image by ahisgett

General Synod Gives Anglican Trads in England No Option on Female Bishops

Tuesday July 13, 2010
By Peter J. Smith
YORK, England

(LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite the best efforts of the leading shepherds of the Church of England (CoE), hard-line liberals at this weekend’s General Synod in York refused to brook any compromise on the issue of women bishops – a decision that may prove to be the straw that breaks the back of the CoE.

Desperate to avoid a schism that would rend the CoE asunder and send further shock waves through the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury and Archbishop John Sentamu of York proposed a measure at the synod that would have exempted traditional Anglicans from oversight by female bishops. However, after two hours of debate, the liberal faction of the General Synod defeated the amendment offered by the pair to the forthcoming draft document on women bishops. the rest

Church of England gives green light for women bishops

Spanish archbishop calls for civil disobedience of new abortion law

Madrid, Spain
July 13, 2010

(CNA)- Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos warned this week there is no right to kill an innocent human being and therefore no obligation to obey to the new law on abortion. Rather, “direct opposition without distinction” must be mounted, he said.

“Let’s be clear: this law is not a law, although it is presented as such by some politicians and lawmakers. It is no law because nobody has the right to take the life of an innocent human being. For this reason it is not obligatory. Moreover, it demands direct opposition without distinction,” the archbishop said in a letter. the rest

Lawsuit Amended to Stop School Harassment of Boy Suspended from School for Wearing a Rosary to Class

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Raymond J. Dague,
Syracuse, New York 315-422-2052
http://www.daguelaw.com/

(Syracuse, NY) – Today the lawyers for a 13 year old boy who was suspended from school for wearing a rosary to class amended their complaint to also address the harassment which school officials have directed to the boy after he returned to school under court order. A lawsuit was filed on June 1, 2010 to allow the boy to wear his rosary after the Schenectady School District suspended the boy claiming that his rosary violated the dress code as a “gang related symbol.” Also on June 1st the judge in the case granted the first court order to allow him to return to school with his rosary as the case progresses. The harassment occurred in the last few weeks of school even after the judge granted a second court order on June 9, 2010 directed the school to stop any harassment.

The amended complaint in the federal lawsuit filed today itemized the harassment to which the boy has been subjected since returning to school under these court orders. It includes being put on lunch time detention and forced to sit in the middle of the lunch room with kids who misbehaved in other ways. The school told the boy that he was being punished for running in the hallway the previous month. School official also “wrote up” disciplinary complaints of vaguely described or unarticulated infractions which the boy was alleged to have committed.

“The tenacity of this school district to grind down on someone who exercises his religious rights is astounding,” said attorney Raymond Dague of Syracuse, one of the attorneys affiliated with the American Center for Law and Justice who filed the lawsuit on behalf of 13-year-old Raymond and his mother, Chantell Hosier. “Even after we as his attorneys wrote the school’s lawyer several letters detailing the harassment from the school and asking that this behavior stop, they ignored our letters and kept up the harassment of him. When we get to a jury with this case, they will be outraged at this school district for what they have done to this lad. ”

The case is next scheduled to be in court in Albany on September 8, 2010 before federal district court Judge Lawrence E. Kahn for motions.

The lawsuit requests a jury trial and asserts that the school's actions violated Raymond's constitutional rights of speech and expression, and free exercise of religion.

The complaint’s in the case contend that Raymond wears the rosary to express his faith in God and honor the memory of a deceased uncle and a brother who died in an auto accident which Raymond witnessed. The rosary which Raymond now wears is very same rosary which his brother was holding when he died.

Too Rich to Live?

The estate tax is set to come roaring back in January. That sets the stage for a perverse calculus: End it all—or leave a massive bill for your heirs to deal with.
WEEKEND INVESTOR
JULY 10, 2010

It has come to this: Congress, quite by accident, is incentivizing death.

When the Senate allowed the estate tax to lapse at the end of last year, it encouraged wealthy people near death's door to stay alive until Jan. 1 so they could spare their heirs a 45% tax hit.

Now the situation has reversed: If Congress doesn't change the law soon—and many experts think it won't—the estate tax will come roaring back in 2011.

Not only will the top rate jump to 55%, but the exemption will shrink from $3.5 million per individual in 2009 to just $1 million in 2011, potentially affecting eight times as many taxpayers.
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Gated or X-Rated?

July 13, 2010

Across the country, schools are removing vending machines that contain sugary sodas on the grounds that kids should be kept clear of anything that might contribute to the obesity epidemic. The first lady has made reforming school-lunch programs a high priority so that kids will consume only nutritious, healthy fare. Schools are already “drug-free zones” and “gun-free zones” — at least officially — and they have “zero tolerance” for all sorts of things. Sometimes this impulse to protect children can go too far, lending to a stultifying climate of political correctness. But nobody on the mainstream left or right disagrees with the principle that schools should be safe havens for children. And kids should be safe not just from violence, drugs, pornography, and sex predators, we agree, but also from more mundane threats, such as profanity and political indoctrination.

After school, when in loco parentis ends and actual parenting resumes, the same principles apply. Not all parents can live in safe and decent neighborhoods, but all good parents would if they could. None like the idea of their children turning a corner into a bad or dangerous situation in which they could be abused, exploited, or exposed to malignant influences.

Now consider the Internet. On the Internet there are no good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods. The Web is like one vast expanse with no zoning of any kind. Nice homes sit next to crack houses and porn theaters operate adjacent to playgrounds. The “distance” between websites is somewhere between nonexistent and trivial; indeed, the very concept of distance is inapplicable. For years, WhiteHouse.gov, the president’s website, was just three letters away from WhiteHouse.com, a porn site. (The owner eventually closed down the site out of regard for his kindergartner son.) YouPorn, often called “the YouTube of porn,” is a mere four letters away from YouTube. And there’s hardly a bouncer at the door: The only thing separating a ten-year-old from YouPorn is a disclaimer telling visitors they must be over 18. the rest

Prop 8 ruling could impact religious freedoms

Jul 13, 2010
by Michael Foust

SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--It likely is a very rare event when the Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic official statements on marriage are read aloud in a federal courtroom, as happened earlier this year during the trial of California Prop 8.

It's probably also unusual for a key witness to declare that "religion is the chief obstacle for gay and lesbian political progress," as was said.

But the Prop 8 trial was anything but usual; in reading the transcripts from the 12 days of testimony in January, religion was a major theme, with traditional Christian beliefs on "gay marriage" often cast as bigoted and tantamount to racism. the rest

Washington Post-ABC News poll: Confidence in Obama reaches new low

By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Public confidence in President Obama has hit a new low, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. Four months before midterm elections that will define the second half of his term, nearly six in 10 voters say they lack faith in the president to make the right decisions for the country, and a clear majority once again disapproves of how he is dealing with the economy.

Regard for Obama is still higher than it is for members of Congress, but the gap has narrowed. About seven in 10 registered voters say they lack confidence in Democratic lawmakers and a similar proportion say so of Republican lawmakers.

Overall, more than a third of voters polled -- 36 percent -- say they have no confidence or only some confidence in the president, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans. Among independents, this disillusionment is higher still. About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working. the rest

George Steinbrenner, Yankees’ Owner, Dies at 80

By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN
July 13, 2010

George Steinbrenner, who bought a declining Yankees team in 1973, promised to stay out of its daily affairs and then, in an often tumultuous reign, placed his formidable stamp on 7 World Series championship teams, 11 pennant winners and a sporting world powerhouse valued at perhaps $1.6 billion, died Tuesday morning, the team announced. He was 80 and lived in Tampa, Fla.

“He was an incredible and charitable man,” the family said in a statement.

“He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”

Mr. Steinbrenner’s death came nine months after the Yankees won their first World Series title since 2000, clinching their six-game victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at his new Yankee Stadium, and two days after the team’s longtime public-address announcer Bob Sheppard died at age 99. the rest

Small Businesses Get More Pessimistic

July 13, 2010
By Michael Casey

Small businesses continue to feel highly pessimistic about the U.S. economic outlook, according to a report Tuesday that showed a monthly indicator of their sentiment turning weaker in June.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses said its Small Business Optimism Index dropped 3.2 points to 89.0 last month, more than erasing the modest 1.6-point gain it saw in May. The report, which was compiled by NFIB Chief Economist William Dunkelberg, described the decline as “a very disappointing outcome.”

In past periods following a recession, the NFIB index typically has risen back above 100 within a quarter or two of the trough in economic activity as measured by the National Bureau of Economic Research. That hasn’t been the case during this recovery. The index hasn’t broken above 93 in any month since January 2008 when the economy was in the early stages of recession, even though the NBER is expected to eventually date the beginning of the recovery in the third quarter of last year.

In 23 of those past 30 months, readings have come in below 90, an unprecedented result in the survey’s history, the NFIB said. the rest

Bioterrorism experts condemn a move to cut reserve money

A House appropriations bill calls for a $2-billion reduction in emergency funds, with the money going to help prevent teacher layoffs. Experts criticize what they call a lack of foresight.
By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau
July 13, 2010

Reporting from Washington —

On its face, it's just another Washington dispute about money. But a move by House Democrats to strip $2 billion from reserve funds for bioterrorism and pandemic flu — without objection from President Obama — has infuriated some of the country's foremost bioterrorism experts.

It's a symbol, they say, of how the Obama White House is failing to properly address the threat posed by a potential biological attack, which they say could kill 400,000 Americans and do $2 trillion in economic damage. the rest

Signs of the Times -Sowell
If you could spend vast amounts of other people's money just by saying a few magic words, wouldn't you be tempted to do it? Barack Obama has spent hundreds of billions of dollars of the taxpayers' money just by using the magic words "stimulus" and "jobs."...

Y.M.C.A. Is Downsizing to a Single Letter

By STEPHANIE STROM
July 11, 2010

Note to the Village People: The lyrics in your biggest hit need an update. The organization previously known as the Y.M.C.A. is henceforth to be called “the Y.”

One of the nation’s most iconic nonprofit organizations, founded 166 years ago in England as the Young Men’s Christian Association, is undergoing a major rebranding, adopting as its name the nickname everyone has used for generations.

“It’s a way of being warmer, more genuine, more welcoming, when you call yourself what everyone else calls you,” said Kate Coleman, the organization’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer. the rest image

Jews reluctantly abandon Swedish city amid growing anti-Semitism

Haaretz
12 July 2010
By Donald Snyder, The Forward

MALMO — At some point, the shouts of "Heil Hitler” that often greeted Marcus Eilenberg as he walked to the 107-year-old Moorish-style synagogue in this port city forced the 32-year-old attorney to make a difficult, life-changing decision: Fearing for his family’s safety after repeated anti-Semitic incidents, Eilenberg reluctantly uprooted himself and his wife and two children, and moved to Israel in May.

Sweden, a country long regarded as a model of tolerance, has, ironically, been a refuge for Eilenberg’s family. His paternal grandparents found a home in Malmo in 1945 after surviving the Holocaust. His wife’s parents came to Malmo from Poland in 1968 after the communist government there launched an anti-Semitic purge.

But as in many other cities across Europe, a rapidly growing Muslim population living in segregated conditions that seem to breed alienation has mixed toxically with the anger directed at Israeli policies and actions by those Muslims — and by many non-Muslims — to all but transform the lives of local Jews. Like many of their counterparts in other European cities, the Jews of Malmo report being subjected increasingly to threats, intimidation and actual violence as stand-ins for Israel. the rest

Muslims seek to add holidays on NY school calendar

By Karina Ioffee
Mon Jul 12, 2010
NEW YORK

(Reuters) - Muslim parents, students and civic groups are campaigning to add two of their religious holidays to the New York City public school calendar, pinning their hopes on state lawmakers after failing to win over Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the idea.

Putting Eid Ul-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, and Eid Ul-Adha, celebrating the end of the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, on the list of official school holidays will help ease suspicion and reduce anti-Muslim sentiment nearly a decade after the September 11 attacks, they say.

Supporters say there are more than 100,000 Muslim students in the public schools, or about 12 percent of the enrollment. the rest

UK: Schools are being urged to rearrange tests, cancel swimming lessons and stop sex education to avoid offending Muslims during Ramadan.

Warning of Church departures after women bishops vote

Tuesday, 13 July 2010
BBC

A leading traditionalist has warned it is "inevitable" people will leave the Church of England after it voted to move ahead with allowing women bishops.

Bishop John Broadhurst, who is on the Church's Catholic wing, told the BBC's Today programme other opponents would stay in the Church but "defy" the move.

However, Rachel Weir of the pro-women bishops group Women and the Church, said it was a "momentous" decision.

The general synod will make a final vote on the issue next year. the rest

Humiliation for Archbishop as Church rejects his last ditch compromise on women bishops

‘Desperately difficult’ to keep Church together over women bishops
The Archbishop of Canterbury admitted today that it will be “desperately difficult” to keep the Church of England unified in light of its schismatic vote on women bishops.

Church legislation on women bishops clears revision stage
The Church of England came a step closer to consecrating its first woman bishop today after legislation cleared the revision stage.

The Indoctrinating Power of Exclusion

July 12th, 2010

Our contemporary educational protocols have their antecedents, and it is enlightening to survey contributing sources now gone from view. One such figure from America-past with a pivotal and influential contribution to education theory and practice is Lester Frank Ward (1841-1913). Never heard of him? Sixty years ago, historian Henry Steele Commager identified him as a peer in the company of William James, John Dewey, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, formatively influencing twentieth-century America. A review of his contribution allows us to better understand the authoritarian methods of pedagogy which we have become unfortunately familiar.

Ward was, among other things, a sociologist, and a pioneer in applying Darwinian evolutionary theory to the social sciences. Ward championed the idea that man, rather than being a mere passive subject of evolution, could now actively control the evolutionary process and thereby engineer social progress. Not surprisingly, Ward gave substantial attention to the enterprise of education, which he viewed as the “great panacea,” and “the universal remedy for political evils.”
Ward drew from evolutionary theory the idea that our environment essentially designs us. Accordingly, if that environment could itself be carefully manipulated by man, he could thereby transform the persons subject to the formative influences of that environment. In such way, and in the context of mass compulsory public education, human consciousness could be redesigned by the benevolent government at the controls. the rest

Monday, July 12, 2010

Devotional: Gratitude...

Gratitude is the inspiration of heaven's most melodious anthems. Its fruit is joy in the time of mourning, courage in the day of despondency, security in the hour of loneliness, peace in the midst of battle, and satisfaction in spiritual or physical famine. ...Dorothy Kelley Patterson image by Stu Seeger

CNY: Sarah Palin endorses Ann Marie Buerkle in NY-25 congressional race

Monday, July 12, 2010
Mark Weiner
The Post-Standard

Washington, D.C. -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today endorsed Republican-Conservative Ann Marie Buerkle in her bid to unseat Rep. Dan Maffei in the 25th Congressional District.

Palin's endorsement, sent to her national followers on Facebook and Twitter, could provide a sorely-needed boost in campaign contributions for Buerkle.

Buerkle, an Onondaga Hill lawyer and former member of the Syracuse Common Council, had about $100,000 in her campaign account at the end of the first quarter, compared to $1.4 million for Maffei, D-DeWitt.

Buerkle said today she asked Palin for her endorsement, and was pleased when the former vice presidential candidate called her at about noon.

"She congratulated for me for running and said if there was anything she could do to support the campaign, she would be more than willing to do that,” Buerkle said. the rest


Sarah Palin's Facebook: Ann Marie Buerkle for New York’s 25th District
I’m proud to endorse an Empire State leader who’s running to represent New York’s 25th Congressional District. Ann Marie Buerkle is a commonsense constitutional conservative and is willing to put it all on the line to help put our country on the right track. Ann Marie is a registered nurse who went back to college to earn her law degree at age 40, while at the same time serving her community on the Syracuse City Council. Since 1997, Ann Marie has served as an Assistant New York State Attorney General on behalf of Upstate Medical Center. If you want an expert who knows why we need to repeal and replace Obamacare, Ann Marie is that candidate. She is the daughter of hardworking immigrants who knows what makes this country great: our free market work ethic where anyone with a dream and the dedication to work hard for it can achieve success. Being a proud mother of six and grandmother of 11 gives this New York “mama grizzly” a wonderful incentive to work hard to make sure our country remains the same land of opportunity for future generations of Americans.

When I visited Central New York last year with my daughter Willow, I remember telling her that there must be something in the water in this region of the country to produce so many strong, independent, historic women leaders.

The women’s movement in America has its roots in Seneca Falls, New York, and Ann Marie is among today’s strong women leaders.Please join me in supporting this dedicated public servant by visiting her website at www.buerkleforcongress.com and following her on Facebook and Twitter. - Sarah Palin

Go Ann Marie !

A.S. Haley: Yesterday, in York

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Although an Anglican Curmudgeon, I do not consider myself a Church of England "Curmudgeon", for the obvious reason that I do not belong to the Church of England. The following critique of what happened at the Church of England's General Synod yesterday should not be taken as representing any of the current factions in the debate over female bishops in the Church of England. What I feel constrained to point out are the longer-term consequences for the Church of England's position in the Anglican Communion should yesterday's vote on the amendment proposed by the Church's Archbishops prove decisive.

Although General Synod still has many more proposed changes to consider, the divisions over the Archbishops' measure contain all that is necessary to divide the Church of England even further than it has been divided to date. The irony of the vote yesterday is that, while a majority in the Church of England are committed to the ordination of women to the episcopate, a majority were also in favor of the compromise proposed by the Archbishops, which was designed to keep the Church from tearing itself apart. Nevertheless, the Archbishops' measure failed to pass all three orders in General Synod. In the House of Bishops, it passed handily, by a vote of 25-15. In the vote by the laity, it also succeeded by a vote of 106 to 86, with 4 abstentions. But in the vote by the clergy order, the measure garnered 85 votes in the affirmative, to 90 in the negative, with 5 abstentions. Thus the anomalous result: taken overall, there were 216 members of Synod who favored the measure, while only 191 opposed. Nevertheless, because each order did not vote in favor, the measure on the whole failed to pass Synod, and so the change to the legislation which it proposed was rejected. the rest

What is more, the absolute refusal to compromise to the smallest degree signifies the rigidity with which women bishops will demand full recognition from everyone in the Church. We have already seen this phenomenon in ECUSA: the ordination of women was introduced with the understanding that it would be optional for dioceses. Then, once a sufficient power base had been accumulated at General Convention, what had been optional suddenly became mandatory, within the space of only twelve years. And one by one, those bishops who maintained their opposition to women's ordination were deposed and driven out of the Church.

Rowan Williams’ speech to General Synod

Anglican Mainstream
July 12th, 2010

Mention was made on Saturday during the debate of the possibility of some presidential reaction to where we are in the process. After conversation over the weekend with many people from different stances within the Synod, it seemed right to say something this morning. First I’d like to say that I would want encourage Synod to complete the business here before it in York. It’s very tempting at times of stress and difficulty, such as we’ve been through in the last couple of days, to think: “We’ll drop it in the ‘too difficult’ basket” – I don’t really think that’s an option.

Archbishop Sentamu and I explained when we moved our amendment on Saturday that we didn’t think a further referral to a revision committee would really help us at all at this stage and we remain of that view. We believe that we now need the dioceses to give their wisdom, their prayer and their thought to this process, and to move on.

The second thing I’d like to say is – and we’ve had a meeting of House of Bishops this morning – the House of Bishops will set in hand promptly the necessary work involved in producing a draft code of practice which will be available for debate in Synod, when legislation returns from the dioceses in about 18 months time. That, of course, is the moment at which we’ll enter the final phase of this long and complex process. That is when all the material will be finally on the table.
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Abortion Clinic Owner Responds with Chainsaw as Radio Blares: 'God Bless Pro-Lifers!'

Monday July 12, 2010
By Kathleen Gilbert
ROCKFORD, Illinois

(LifeSiteNews.com) - The staff at the Rockford abortion mill, which has been blaring the radio through its speakers to drown out pro-life counselors for several weeks, got an unpleasant surprise Friday morning when a local D.J. found out what his show was being used for.

LifeSiteNews.com has reported numerous times on the bizarre Rockford abortuary, which has taken to taunting pro-life witnesses with signage and other paraphernalia mocking Christianity and Jesus Christ, and even directing personal insults at local pro-lifers. (See coverage here)

The facility’s latest form of harassment, blasting a radio talk show through its outdoor speakers to keep women from hearing the message of pro-life counselors gathered outside, backfired when D.J. Doug McDuff's scheduled talk show guest cancelled, and he opened the phone lines for comment.

Seeing his chance, Rockford pro-life veteran Kevin Rilott whipped out his cell phone and was on air within seconds, loud and clear outside the abortion centre where he was standing. Rilott took the opportunity to explain to McDuff and his listeners how the radio station, WNTA, was being used to silence pro-lifers' attempt to help mothers in need.

McDuff, none too pleased, decided to take matters into his own hands. "God bless pro-lifers! God bless pro-lifers! God bless pro-lifers!" the D.J. shouted. the rest
The landlord of the abortion mill, still determined to drown out both the radio and the pro-lifers, charged outdoors with a chainsaw running.

Michigan: Christians' arrest: 1st step to placate Muslims

Charlie Butts
OneNewsNow
7/12/2010

A state representative plans to support four missionaries who are facing an initial court hearing following their arrests at a recent Arab festival in Dearborn, Michigan.

The four were passing out leaflets about Christianity in Dearborn, which has a large Muslim population. One of the missionaries was engaging in peaceful conversation with several Muslim youths, while the other three were videotaping the dialogue before they were all arrested on June 18.

Since their activities were carried out peacefully, State Representative Tom McMillin believes the missionaries were falsely arrested. Their cameras were seized, but police have refused to view the footage of their arrest or release a detailed report on the incident.

"I wonder if they're trying to craft a police report knowing that these videos show that nothing was done wrong," McMillin suggests. "And the illegal confiscation of the videos, I mean it really appears to be a lot of injustice. Now I could be surprised. Maybe they'll drop the charges and realize that the Constitution applies in Dearborn as well." the rest

Morocco and Christians: A Long Catalog of Injustice

By Chuck Colson
Christian Post Guest Columnist
Sun, Jul. 11 2010

Imagine that you are a government official in a country I will call “M.” Despite your efforts to promote economic growth, unemployment and poverty rates remain high. As a result, many of your citizens have gone abroad in search of work.

What has been called “the human face of a long catalogue of socio-economic ills” are the many thousands of orphaned and abandoned children living throughout your country. Their plight has been the subject of news reports and even an award-winning film.

So what do you do about it? Well, if you are Morocco, you declare war on those seeking to help them.

In early March Moroccan police entered the Village of Hope, a Christian-run orphanage, and interrogated its children and staff. They asked questions like, “How do you pray?” They searched the compound for Bibles and other evidence of “proselytizing.”

They didn’t find any. An orphanage officer, Jim Broadbent, told Time magazine the orphanage took great care to obey laws against proselytizing. It didn’t matter: Broadbent and the rest of staff were summarily deported a few days later. The heartbreaking scene of the children being torn apart from the only family they had ever known was something Broadbent will never forget. the rest

Dean of Episcopal “Divinity” School: Abortion a Blessing, Abortion “Doctors” saints….

Saturday, July 10, 2010
Stand Firm

Sickening. We've published a number of posts recording Dean Ragsdale's love for Black Genocide. But it is one thing to read about it, it's another to see and hear a bloated pasty white seminary dean gloating over the mass murder of primarily minority babies.

Video and comments at Stand Firm

MCJ comments

Al-Shabaab Islamists suspected in deadly Ugandan World Cup bombings

Somali Islamists carried out two bomb attacks in Kampala, killing at least 64 people as they watched the World Cup final, Ugandan authorities said on Monday.
12 Jul 2010

Suspicion fell on the al-Shabaab rebel group, which claims links with al-Qaeda, after the severed head of a suspected Somali suicide bomber was found at one of the blast sites.

If those suspicions prove true, it would be the first time that al-Shabab has carried out an attack outside of Somalia.

The explosions ripped through two bars packed with football fans watching the final moments of World Cup in an Ethiopian-themed restaurant and at a gathering in a Kampala rugby club on Sunday.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni toured the blast sites on Monday and vowed to bring the attackers to justice: “We shall go for them wherever they are coming from." the rest


Uganda Bombings Kill World Cup Watchers, American Aid Worker
More than 70 people were killed, and about 70 more were injured, in separate bomb explosions that ripped through Uganda Sunday afternoon as fans watched the final match of World Cup soccer at a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant in the country's capital of Kampala.

The synchronized bomb blasts also took the life of American Nate Henn, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, and aid worker for the organization Invisible Children, a group that helps child soldiers. image

Albert Mohler: A Big Win for Gay Marriage in Massachusetts

Monday, July 12, 2010

While all eyes were on California, where a very high-profile case about same-sex marriage is moving to a judge’s ruling, a federal judge in Massachusetts handed down rulings in a pair of cases that struck at the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA], which passed into law in 1996. As the rulings stand now, DOMA is both challenged and weakened, and momentum for the judicial legalization of same-sex marriage grows.

The Massachusetts rulings came in the U.S. District Court in Boston, where Judge Joseph Tauro decided two cases, both representing challenges to parts of DOMA. In the end, Judge Tauro struck down one of the Act’s major provisions, but left the rest intact . . . for now.

When adopted in 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act represented a bi-partisan determination to define marriage, in terms of Federal law, as the union of a man and a woman. There were two main provisions within DOMA. One established the fact that the Federal government would not recognize same-sex marriages, even if legalized by individual states. Thus, there would be no extension of Federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples. the rest