Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remember...




Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields [b] with fire.

10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

President defends right to build Ground Zero mosque

For 9/11, Obama pleads for tolerance
By Sheldon Alberts, Postmedia News
September 11, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday staunchly defended the right of Muslims to build a mosque near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, making an emotional appeal to Americans to show religious tolerance as the United States commemorates the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

"This country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal, that they have certain inalienable rights; one of those inalienable rights is to practise their religion freely," Obama said at a White House news conference.

"And what that means is that if you could build a church on a site, if you could build a synagogue on a site, if you could build a Hindu temple on a site, then you should be able to build a mosque on the site." the rest

Lib Newsman Ted Koppel: US Over Overreacted After Al-Qaeda Slaughtered 3,000 American Innocents

Friday, September 10, 2010

Devotional: He works on us in all sorts of ways...

He works on us in all sorts of ways. But above all, He works on us through each other. Men are mirrors, or "carriers" of Christ to other men. Usually it is those who know Him that bring Him to others. That is why the Church, the whole body of Christians showing Him to one another, is so important. It is so easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects - education, building, missions, holding services... The Church exists for no other purpose but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other reason. ...CS Lewis image

Fr. Phil Ashey: What God can do from fragile beginnings: Part 3

September 10, 2010 edition of the AAC Weekly Update
By The Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, J.D.
Chief Operating and Development Officer, American Anglican Council

Dear Friends in Christ,

Over the months that our eldest daughter Carol was recovering in the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU), Julie and I learned some valuable lessons about “fragile beginnings.” These lessons have served us well as we have faced other fragile beginnings in life and ministry.

While praying for Carol as she struggled for her life, I learned one very important lesson: although the life support monitors could be mesmerizing, they were also helpful signs of what God was doing while we prayed. For example, one of the screens monitored her oxygenation level—that is, the amount or percentage of oxygen her lungs were actually absorbing at that moment. As the nurses and doctors explained to us, higher readings meant that her lungs were getting stronger, absorbing more oxygen, and thereby making her whole body and respiratory function healthier.

Almost every time I reached into her isolette and gently laid hands upon her to pray, her oxygenation readings went up. We know the healing power of Jesus Christ is mediated through touch, just as it was in Jesus’ own ministry. Sometimes when words failed and I began to pray in the Spirit, the readings would go up—again, a sign that God was doing something to heal and strengthen her. Still other times, as I would sing a hymn or a song over her, I would watch those readings go up. One song in particular—“Yahweh, I know you are near”—seemed to bring an immediate response whenever I sang it. So I sang it a lot. I wanted to enter into and participate in the healing that God was doing, and follow in every way that I could every visible sign of his leading and blessing. the rest-very encouraging!

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A.S. Haley: The Budgetary Gargoyles of ECUSA: Intricate, Detailed, but Ultimately Useless

September 9, 2010

In order to accomplish one of its major purposes for existing, the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America passes a triennial budget at each of its sessions. The budget so enacted (by both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops) supposedly sets the financial framework of the Church for the next three years.

However, due to its ephemeral existence, General Convention is physically incapable of doing anything other than taking certain numbers which have been assigned to certain line items, either adjusting them or leaving them as presented, and then approving the whole shebang in a single vote. Having thus given birth to the Church's budget, General Convention adjourns and forever passes out of existence. It leaves the implementation and monitoring of the budget to the management at 815, and to the Executive Council, who have zero accountability to the now defunct body that passed the budget. Executive Council revisits the budget each year, and rewrites it freely as it deems fit, providing the Treasurer assures it of a source of funds.

Meanwhile, the Presiding Bishop and her staff evince a certain schizophrenic attitude toward the budget. On the one hand, they make a sincere attempt to live within its means, and in recent years have made draconian cuts in staff and mission in order to deal with steadily declining revenues. But when it comes to funding the Church's litigation, all bets are off. Litigation expenses are allowed freely to mushroom, and the preferred method of covering them has been to have the Treasurer "find" the resources in unspent appreciation and accumulated income sitting around in the Church's thousands of donated trust funds, most of which were designated by their donors to fund the "mission work" of the Church. the rest

In sum, the history I have drawn in this and the earlier posts in the series, show a legal budget for ECUSA which is under no one's objective control, and is being determined solely by the Presiding Bishop in consultation with her Chancellor and her Special Assistant for Church Litigation and Discipline, who is also a former member of Goodwin Procter, the Chancellor's own law firm.

New Conservative Entertainment Network "RightNetwork" Launches


September 9, 2010
by Stephanie Condon

For those dissatisfied with the content provided by the "lamestream media," there's a new on-demand television station and multi-platform network that caters specifically to conservative audiences.

RightNetwork, which officially launched yesterday, seeks "to present the values and beliefs that America was built upon," according to the network's website.

The network will feature a variety of original content. Its first series, "Running," follows Tea Party-backed candidates running for public office. Other shows include "Politics and Poker" -- which is just what it sounds like -- and a sitcom about a fictional Senate campaign. The network will also offer old episodes of William F. Buckley's "Firing Line" and Milton Friedman's "Uncommon Knowledge." the rest

Rightnetwork website

African bishops call for doctrinal discipline

September 9, 2010

The second All African Bishops Conference has objected to the Episcopal Church’s consecration of Mary Glasspool as suffragan bishop of Los Angeles, but declined to take action against the US Church.

In a statement released at the close of the Aug 23-29 meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, on behalf of the 396 bishops attending the gathering, the conference called the consecration of a partnered lesbian priest a “clear departure from the standard teaching of the Anglican Communion” on human sexuality.

The Glasspool consecration had been taken in defiance of “the warnings from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion” and successive pan-Anglican meetings, they said. However, the meeting stopped short of calling for concerted disciplinary action against the Episcopal Church, calling instead for closer links with the remaining conservatives in the Episcopal Church and the third province movement in North America — the ACNA.

“We are committed to network with orthodox Anglicans around the world, including Communion Partners in the USA and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), in holistic mission and evangelism,” the communiqué stated. the rest

E-Mail Virus Plays Havoc With Internet

By Jeremy A. Kaplan & Jana Winter
September 09, 2010

Here you have … one heck of a mess.

An e-mail virus swept through the Internet Thursday, snarling traffic and taking down servers
at ABC, NASA, Comcast, and Google -- and possibly even affecting the Department of Homeland Security.

The virus, called “Here You Have” (or VBMania, though different security companies have different names for the same virus), is a simple Trojan Horse: An e-mail arrives in your inbox with the suggestive subject line “here you have.” The body reads “This is The Document I told you about, you can find it Here” or “This is The Free Download Sex Movies, you can find it Here.” the rest image

University of Baltimore to offer English class on zombies

By Daniel de Vise
Friday, September 10, 2010

Is "Night of the Living Dead" a simple zombie film or a subtle antiwar statement? Precisely when did viral pandemic supplant nuclear radiation as the leading cause of zombification? And which sort of animated dead has the greater potential to frighten: shambler or sprinter?

Those questions and others will be laid to rest -- and then grotesquely revivified -- in a new course at the University of Baltimore called "Media Genres: Zombies."

Arnold Blumberg, a lifelong enthusiast of popular culture in general and zombie films in particular, is among the first university professors to devote a semester to study of the reawakened dead. His course, and recent offerings at Columbia College, Rice University and Georgia Tech, share a common interest in the zombie movie as an expression of the zeitgeist. the rest

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Sweat from tourists putting Sistine Chapel at risk

by Charlie Boyd
Friday, September 10, 2010

The Director of the Vatican Museums has warned that the sweat emanating from throngs of tourists is threatening precious works of art in the Sistine Chapel.

As many as 20,000 visitors a day file into the chapel in Rome to catch a glimpse of masterpiece by Renaissance greats Raphael, Bernini, Botticelli and Michelangelo, whose Last Judgement is among the chapel’s finest treasures. the rest image

Albert Mohler: Mission and Metropolis: The Church and the City

Evangelicals now face the great challenge of these massive Western cities, filled with populations marked by great diversity in terms of ethnicity, language, worldview, and culture. Thankfully, there are standout examples of faithful church planting and ministry in many of these cities, but the populations remain overwhelmingly secular and unevangelized.
Friday, September 10, 2010

The human future is an urban future. In one of the greatest social shifts of all human history, over half of all living humans now inhabit cities. Driven by population shifts, immigration, and human reproduction, massive new cities are springing up all over the globe. Will the church rise to this challenge?

The answer to that question will largely determine the future of Christian missions. At the same time, this is not the first time that the Christian church has found itself faced with the challenge of the city. A quick look at the New Testament will reveal that first-century Christianity was, by and large, concentrated in the cities of the Roman Empire. These earliest churches were established in cities like Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth, Thessalonica, and, of course, both Jerusalem and Rome. The churches established in these strategic cities became the launching pads for missions and church planting. the rest image by Jakob Montrasio

Obama Added More to National Debt in First 19 Months-

-Than All Presidents from Washington Through Reagan Combined, Says Gov’t Data
In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
By Terence P. Jeffrey

(CNSNews.com) - In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.

The U.S. Treasury Department divides the federal debt into two categories. One is “debt held by the public,” which includes U.S. government securities owned by individuals, corporations, state or local governments, foreign governments and other entities outside the federal government itself. The other is “intragovernmental” debt, which includes I.O.U.s the federal government gives to itself when, for example, the Treasury borrows money out of the Social Security “trust fund” to pay for expenses other than Social Security. the rest

The CBO predicted this week that the annual budget deficit for fiscal 2010, which ends on the last day of this month, will exceed $1.3 trillion.

Number of EU children born out of wedlock doubles

Sep 9, 2010

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union says the number of children born out of wedlock in the 27-nation bloc has doubled over the past two decades and now accounts for over one-third of the region's births.

Eurostat, the EU's statistical agency, said Thursday that 35.1 percent of births in 2008 occurred outside of marriage, up from 17.4 percent in 1990 and 25.1 percent in 1998. the rest

Canada: Polyamorists want court to declare group love legal

By Daphne Bramham
Vancouver Sun
September 9, 2010

Is polyamory the new gay? That's what John Ince and the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association would have us believe.

They define polyamory as a post-modern, secular, non-patriarchal, conjugal relationship that involves a panoply of sexual groupings and gender variations. Ince even suggests that it's non-sexual and is based in love (amore), not sex. the rest

But polyamorists hope to convince Chief Justice Robert Bauman of the B.C. Supreme Court that their egalitarian, consensual relationships are nothing like polygamy as practised by fundamentalist Mormons or Muslims.

What they plan to say is that polyamory is a more highly evolved form of family/conjugal relationship that is beneficial to all of its participants -- the way of the future, if you will.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Devotional: We have a Shepherd who cannot fall...

We have a Shepherd who cannot fall. We have a Shepherd who cannot die. He is no hireling who abandons his flock at the first sign of trouble. Our Shepherd is armed with omnipotent force. He is not threatened by the valley of shadows. He created the valley. He redeems the valley. ...RC Sproul image

Andrew Klavan: September 11, 2009

Making Straight the Way: An Anglican Homecoming

by Dr. Jeff Mirus
September 9, 2010

When Father John Fleming converted to Catholicism in 1987, he couldn’t foresee that he would play an instrumental role in the request of the Traditional Anglican Communion for reunion with Rome in 2007, which in turn had a major impact on Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus in 2009. An Australian, Fleming was ordained an Anglican priest in 1970. He married in 1975, and he and his wife were already raising their three daughters when they both converted. After living as a Catholic layman for eight years, Fleming was ordained a Catholic priest in 1995. In this case, the rest really is history.

The Traditional Anglican Communion, which consists of 38 bishops representing some 400,000 faithful throughout the world, was established in 1990 to salvage traditional Anglicanism (conceived of as Anglo-Catholicism). From the first, the TAC was deeply interested in reunion with Rome. At first its leaders pursued this objective by seeking to set up ecumenical talks between themselves and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. But there were Catholic divisions over how best to handle ecumenical affairs, and the Council for Christian Unity was reluctant to enter into talks with the TAC lest such talks harm ecumenical prospects with the Anglican Communion as a whole. the rest

Hawking’s creation theory stirs up fresh debate

by Pat Ashworth and Ed Thornton
Church Times
posted Sept. 9, 2010

BELIEF in God is not about plugging a gap in explaining how one thing relates to another within the uni­verse, the Archbishop of Canterbury said last week. He was responding to Professor Stephen Hawking’s assertion, in his new book, that there is no place for God in theories of the creation of the universe.

The Big Bang was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, Professor Hawking argues in The Grand Design, co-written with the American physicist Leonard Mlodinow. The book suggests that M-theory, a type of string theory, could be the “holy grail” that would explain everything in the universe.

Professor Hawking contends: “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touchpaper and set the universe going.”

Dr Williams told The Times that belief in God: “is the belief that there is an intelligent, living agent on whose activity every­thing depends for its existence. Physics on its own will not settle the question why there is something rather than nothing.” the rest

Abortion Official Charged with Faking Bomb Scare at Own Clinic

Wednesday September 8, 2010
By Kathleen Gilbert
TULSA, Oklahoma

(LifeSiteNews.com) - An abortion facility director has been accused of misleading police after telling authorities that she had found a bomb at her facility, according to federal court papers.

Linda Meek, 63, whose is no longer employed by Reproductive Services of Tulsa, will face a federal lawsuit for intentionally giving "false and misleading information" resulting in a bomb scare at the facility on August 13. Reports did not specify the circumstances behind the end of Meek's employment at the abortion mill.

The police report said that an unnamed employee had reported seeing a box she did not recognize as facility waste in a trashcan. After the building was evacuated, Tulsa Police Department bomb technician examined the package, and discovered no explosive device. the rest

Really? Obama: Dems could suffer at polls if election is about the economy

By Michael O'Brien
09/09/10

Democrats could suffer if this November's elections become a referendum on the economy, President Obama conceded.

The president acknowledged that an economy that's not improving to voters' satisfaction could hamper his party in the upcoming midterm elections.

"If the election is a referendum on 'Are people satisfied about the economy as it currently is?' then we're not going to do well," Obama said in an interview to air Thursday on "Good Morning America" on ABC, "because I feel like everybody feels like this economy needs to do better than it's been doing." the rest

Parents, Mark Your Calendars: September 14th Is Obama Day At School!
...And so we have to ask ourselves: Are the benefits of students being told to work hard and stay in school really worth the myriad problems that go with a controversial, inevitably politicized, time-grabbing, national presidential address? The answer can only be a resounding “no.”

Joe Biden on "The Colbert Report" says "thank you" to George Bush.

Confessions Of A Regretful Gender Studies Student

by Jessica Wakeman
Tuesday September 7th 2010

I have a lot of regrets about my college education.

I regret that tuition was $40,000 a year, so that my classmates were mostly rich, white kids. I regret that I am paying back thousands in student loans. I regret that my journalism program forced me to take an introductory class on reporting, even though I’d already written articles for my hometown newspaper for two years. I regret that I took two different photography classes, but haven’t snapped a single freakin’ photo since. I regret that I wasted time, money, and precious sanity on a required math class that gave me the anxiety attacks of your worst nightmares.

And most of all, I regret that I took as many gender and sexuality studies courses as I did.

Gender and sexuality studies classes ostensibly teach you to analyze the world with a critical lens, focusing on how one’s gender or sexuality impacts their life. Some classes deal with theoretical issues; others focus on literature, history or religion. Lots of gender and sexuality studies students go on to work in law, labor organizing, or social work. (“Women’s studies” is a slightly different field of study, as is “gay and lesbian studies,” but the career paths are basically the same.) The Gender & Sexuality Studies Department at New York University has been revamped since I attended from 2001 to 2005, so I can’t speak for the quality of the current education. However, my transcript from that time includes gems like the History of Prostitution, an introduction to grassroots organizing, and a class about pop culture where we talked about Eminem, O.J. Simpson, and the 1992 Watts riots. the rest

I did learn stuff, of course: The history of prostitution class taught me about sex work, the grassroots organizing class educated me about labor abuse, and the pop culture class exposed me to the work of Anna Deavere Smith, who wrote a one-woman play about the riots. I can say it was all interesting.

This Is Where We Begin to Say No

On the Ground Zero mosque, Americans reject the opinion elites that empower the Islamists.
Andrew C. McCarthy
September 8, 2010

Excerpt:

For the better part of two decades, Americans have been murdered by Islamists and then lectured that they are to blame for what has befallen them. We have been instructed in the need for special sensitivity to the unceasing demands of Islamic culture and falsely accused of intolerance by the people who wrote the book on intolerance. Americans have sacrificed blood and bottomless treasure for Islamic peoples who despise Americans — and despise us even more as our sacrifices and gestures of self-loathing intensify. Americans have watched as apologists for terrorists and sharia were made the face of an American Muslim community that we were simultaneously assured was the very picture of pro-American moderation.

Americans have had our fill. We are willing to live many lies. This one, though, strikes too close to home, arousing our heretofore dormant sense of decency. Americans have now heard Barack Obama’s shtick enough times to know that when he talks about “our values,” he’s really talking about his values, which most of us don’t share. And after ten years of CAIR’s tired tirades, we’re immune to Feisal Rauf, too.

We look around us and we see our country unrivaled by anything in the history of human tolerance. We see thousands of thriving mosques, permitted to operate freely even though we know for a fact that mosques have been used against us, repeatedly, to urge terrorism, recruit terrorists, raise money for terrorists, store and transfer firearms, and inflame Muslims against America and the West. As Islamists rage against us, we see Islam celebrated in official Washington. As we reach out for the umpty-umpth time, we find Muslim leaders taking what we offer, but always with complaint and never with reciprocation. We’re weary, and we don’t really care if that means that Time magazine, Michael Bloomberg, Katie Couric, Fareed Zakaria, and the rest think we’re bad people — they think we’re bad people, anyway. the rest image

Malkin-The Koran: Don’t burn it. Read it.
...Instead of burning the Koran, Americans need to be reading it, understanding it, and educating themselves about the Koran passages, Islamic history, and jihadi context that brought us to this 9th anniversary year of the 9/11 attacks...

Hartford's Inclusion of Muslim Prayers in Council Meetings Sparks Outrage

By Stephen Clark
September 08, 2010
FoxNews.com

The decision by Hartford, Conn., leaders to begin kicking off their council meetings with a Koranic prayer -- in a show of solidarity with Muslims -- led to a busy morning Wednesday for staff members who were bombarded by hate mail overnight.

"All night long, the e-mails have been coming," Petrel Maylor, an executive assistant to Council President Jo Winch, told FoxNews.com. "I've been called everything except a child of God."

Winch, who was holding a news conference Wednesday to explain the change in invocations, gave her blessing to Muslim prayer in a press release Tuesday. the rest

Critics, Proponents Spar Over 'Islamic Symbols' in Flight 93 Memorial Design
...The newspaper ad -- paid for by Tom Burnett Sr., whose 38-year-old son died in the crash, and Alec Rawls, author of "Crescent of Betrayal: Dishonoring the Heroes" -- revives their claim that the memorial's Field of Honor clearly resembles an Islamic crescent and star, and that the entire site is orientated toward Mecca...

Most Americans object to planned Islamic center near Ground Zero, poll finds
...Two-thirds of those polled object to the prospective Cordoba House complex near the site of the former twin towers, including a slim majority who express strongly negative views. Eighty-two percent of those who oppose the construction say it's because of the location, although 14 percent (9 percent of all Americans) say they would oppose such building anywhere in the country...

Is the Dutch Gronningen Infanticide Protocol Akin to The Nazi Doctors?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wesley J. Smith

There is an interesting discussion underway in the thread from a previous post between two valued SHS commenters, as to whether the Dutch infanticide that has flowed illegally, but generally undisturbed. from the country’s euthanasia permissiveness, can be fairly compared to the infanticide of disabled infants during the medical Holocaust in Germany during World War II. One commenter said, appropriately, that we should be very careful before drawing such analogies. The other, who is reading Robert Jay Lifton’s magnificently researched The Nazi Doctors, sees striking similarities and is disturbed.

I think both are right. There are some similarities between what is happening in the Netherlands now, and what happened in Germany then. But there are also pronounced differences. In fact, I spent quite a bit of time on this subject in both Forced Exit and Culture of Death. the rest

So, while the Nazi analogy should be used with great restraint, and differences should be noted, the charge that Dutch infanticide has certain very disturbing similarities cannot be rejected out of hand. Indeed, in the concept of the life deemed so compromised that it justifies killing, we see disturbing echoes from history that should give us all great pause.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Devotional: God must be sought and seen in His providences...

God must be sought and seen in His providences; it is not our actions in themselves considered which please Him, but the spirit in which they are done, more especially the constant ready obedience to every discovery of His will, even in the minutest things, and with such a suppleness and flexibility of mind as not to adhere to anything, but to turn and move in any direction where He shall call. ...Madame Jeanne Guyon
image by Kevin Dooley

NRO: The Case for Marriage

September 7, 2010

If it is true, as we are constantly told, that American law will soon redefine marriage to accommodate same-sex partnerships, the proximate cause for this development will not be that public opinion favors it, although it appears to be moving in that direction. It will be that the most influential Americans, particularly those in law and the media, have been coming increasingly to regard opposition to same-sex marriage as irrational at best and bigoted at worst. They therefore dismiss expressions of that opposition, even when voiced by a majority in a progressive state, as illegitimate. Judges who believe that same-sex marriage is obviously just and right can easily find ways to read their views into constitutions, to the applause of the like-minded.

The emerging elite consensus in favor of same-sex marriage has an element of self-delusion about it. It denies that same-sex marriage would work a radical change in American law or society, insisting to the contrary that within a few years of its triumph everyone will wonder what all the fuss was about. But its simultaneous insistence that opponents are the moral equivalent of the white supremacists of yesteryear belies these bland assurances. Our tolerance for racism is quite limited: The government, while it generally respects the relevant constitutional limits, is active in the cause of marginalizing racists and eradicating racist beliefs and behaviors. Moreover, social sanctions against racism, both overt and implied, are robust. If our society is truly to regard opposition to same-sex marriage as equivalent to racism, it will have to undergo change both dramatic and extensive. Churches that object, for example, will have to be put in the same cultural position as Bob Jones University was in the days when it banned interracial dating, until they too join the consensus. the rest

The Disappearing Christians of Iraq

KATE SEELYE
September 3, 2010

KATE SEELYE (correspondent): In a church in the Iraqi village of Qaraqosh, a priest prepares for a communal baptism. With a splash of water, he welcomes these infants into the Christian faith.

It's a challenging time for Iraq's Christians. Since the 2003 American invasion, the Christian community has been threatened and persecuted. Everyone is a target, including Father Mazen Ishou Mitoka. His church in the city of Mosul has been bombed three times. He himself was kidnapped and held for nine days. But the real horror took place last February when his parents responded to a knock at their Mosul home.

FATHER MAZEN ISHOU MITOKA: My father opened the door and saw three armed people. They entered the house and my brother tried to resist them but he had no weapons. We don't keep weapons at home. the rest

The Good Times Keep Rolling Along at the Obama White House

Conga-Lines… Bare-Chested Beer Pong… Super Soaker Fights…Bump & Grinding…
Posted by Jim Hoft
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Back in January 2009, Barack Obama told Americans that,
“Everyone must sacrifice… Everyone must have some skin in the game.”

In 2009 the Obamas spent over $10 million of taxpayer money on drunken White House parties.

And, it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down anytime soon.the rest-don't miss!

Now the president’s fascination with fun and parties in the midst of crisis has not only reinforced a feeling he’s out of touch, but has migrated down the chain of command.

Last weekend, Vice President Joe Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel held a “super soaker” squirt-gun party at the veep’s residence. Everybody ran around giggling and shooting squirt guns at each other. Members of the press covering Biden joined in, to their shame.

And last Sunday, presidential spokesman Tommy Vietor and Obama speechwriter extraordinaire Jon Favreau, both 29 years old, were spotted at a Georgetown bar, stripped to the waist, playing a game of beer pong with a gang of bare-chested buddies. (This game involves throwing a ping-pong ball into cups of beer — loser drinks beer, winner drinks beer, everybody drinks beer.
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New York Post

Vienna: Pro-lifers Kicked, Shoved on Camera by Abortionist's Hired Thugs

By Kathleen Gilbert
VIENNA
September 7, 2010

(LifeSiteNews.com) - In the latest chapter in a long history of abuse, the state prosecutor's office in Vienna is attempting to stifle the legal claims of a pro-lifer, whom a local abortionist's hired thugs were caught on tape cutting, harassing and intimidating outside an abortion mill.

Demonic screaming and moaning, groping, and other forms of psycho-terrorism against pro-lifers from abortionist Christian Fiala's paid employees have been documented on video since at least 2007, and published by the Catholic Web site Gloria.tv. Footage shows the attackers sexually assaulting pro-lifers, including undoing a man's zipper, pushing a wooden object into a woman's crotch, and other disturbing behavior.

Fiala has admitted, in an interview with the Austrian weekly newspaper Falter, to hiring the thugs himself to harass the "religious activists."
the rest-watch the video

Runaway Christian convert granted U.S. residency

By the CNN Wire Staff
September 7, 2010

(CNN) A runaway who said her father threatened to kill her for converting to Christianity from Islam has been granted permanent residency in the United States, her lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.

Rifqa Bary, 18, who was an undocumented immigrant until recently, left her family in Columbus, Ohio, in July 2009 and took refuge in the home of a minister in Orlando, Florida. The girl was later moved into foster care after she said in an affidavit that her Muslim father had threatened her after finding out about her conversion. Her father denies the allegation.

Bary had said in court that she could not reunite with her parents and needed permission to live in the United States. the rest

“I Want Your Money,”-Politics on Film, but This Time Leaning Right


By MICHAEL CIEPLY
September 7, 2010

Excerpt:
"The tone of the film, which Mr. Griggs directed and helped write, is a little softer than that of those three conservative commentators. Its central argument is a straightforward case for the virtues of smaller government and the futility of efforts to redistribute wealth. But its charm, if that word can apply to political documentary, comes from computer-generated animations in which bobbing-headed political figures, designed by Tom Richmond of Mad Magazine, try to school one another on the ins and outs of policy." the rest

Rage against the ‘breeders.’

By Jonathan V. Last
September 13, 2010

Like a puckish uncle determined to cause trouble at Thanksgiving dinner, the Washington Post periodically homes in on the existential conflicts that divide its readership. Earlier this summer, the Post Metro section headlined such a story “With City’s Baby Boom, Parental Guidance Suggested.” The article opened in Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park, where a sudden outpouring of babies has caused altercations between parents, who bring their children, and childless adults, who bring their dogs, to play in the park.

The Lincoln Park neighborhood is gentrified and expensive—the median price for a rowhouse is in the $900,000s—and the dog owners there are annoyed at having to share space with human dependents. In an attempt to bring peace, a local pet coach who calls herself the Doggy Lama has been holding “dog citizen” workshops to help pet owners learn to deal peaceably with the interlopers. But it’s tough sledding. One dog owner interviewed by the Post said that she wished the kids could be confined to a fenced-in area of the park. “I find people with children to be tyrants,” she explained. “As someone who doesn’t have children, I think children are fine. I don’t think they own everything.”

The Post story detailed similar scuffles in other trendy Washington neighborhoods and generated 479 comments on the paper’s website before commenting was finally shut down. Readers ran about 60-to-40 against parents and children. the rest image

Yet for all the Malthusian worry-warting, at the street-level, being childfree is mostly about disdain for conservative traditionalists. Thus, the childfree refer to parents as “breeders” and mothers who breastfeed as “moomies” (as in cow). Those are the nicer terms.

"Waiting for Superman"



Hugh Hewitt
...You cannot be at all acquainted with the state of American public education and not know that the NEA and AFT have failed not just students but the teachers they purport to represent...

Four-State Abortion Empire Crumbles Following Botched Abortion

September 7, 2010
By Kathleen Gilbert
VOORHEES TWP, New Jersey

(LifeSiteNews.com) - The empire of a troubled New Jersey abortionist who headed a four-state abortion ring is slowly crumbling after Maryland began investigating the setup following a teenager's botched abortion. In addition to unveiling the illegality of the setup, the investigation resulted in one raid where police discovered a gruesome display of 35 frozen unborn children preserved in jars.

Stephen Chase Brigham is the owner of American Women's Services, which operated 15 abortion facilities in states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. Brigham's operation involved at least two other abortionists, George Shepard, Jr., of Delaware and Nicola I. Riley of Utah, whose Maryland licenses have both been suspended for their role in Brigham's business.

The Maryland Board of Physicians issued a cease and desist order against Brigham August 25 after concluding that the abortionist had been routinely skirting New Jersey law by bringing clients to his facilities in Maryland, where he does not have a license to practice. According to the Board, Brigham was in the habit of performing the first phase of the procedure, dilating the patient's cervix, in New Jersey; however, because his clinics did not meet safety standards to perform the whole procedure there, Brigham would then direct the patients to drive down to Maryland to have the abortion completed. the rest

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Rev’d Canon Julian Dobbs (CANA): An open letter to Pastor Jones on burning the Koran

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dear Pastor Jones,

Greetings in the name of the risen, ascended and glorified Jesus Christ.

I am writing this open letter to you, asking that you urgently reconsider your decision to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, 2010.

Around the world today, disciples of Jesus Christ are suffering at the hands of Islamic regimes and individuals, who are persecuting Christians for our shared faith in the eternal God of the Bible.

Many of these our brothers and sisters are living in hiding, some have endured painful persecution and some have lost their lives, simply because they have converted from Islam to Christianity and refuse to return to the Islamic religion.

Your decision to burn copies of the Koran at your church will put the lives of many thousands of Christians in the Islamic world at further risk and will seriously compromise their security and that of their churches, homes, schools and businesses.

Christians who are minorities in Muslim majority countries are not in a position to exercise the freedom of religion that citizens of the United States enjoy. Your proposed action in burning copies of the Koran is a reckless, irresponsible and unnecessary response to the challenges that are presented by a resurgent Islam.

The life transforming message of the good news of Jesus Christ is the greatest response we have to the suffering and injustice in the world. I urge you not to burn copies of the Koran, but encourage you to proclaim the unique message of Christ, his love and goodness, his mercy and forgiveness to a world which desperately needs to know the Living God of the Bible.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Julian Dobbs,
Archdeacon,
Convocation of Anglican in North America
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The Entire Bible, One Tweet at a Time

Chris Juby is Summarizing the Entire Bible, One Tweet at a Time
Sept. 6, 2010

People talk about almost everything on Twitter -- from their lunch plans to breaking news to the latest Justin Bieber sightings. But amid all of the earthly chatter, some Tweeters are also finding time for the divine.

Take Chris Juby, 30, from Durham, England, for example. For years, he's had a daily habit of reading the Bible, but he's recently launched a project to summarize the entire Bible -- one tweet at a time.

Juby, a freelance web developer and director of worship at King's Church in Durham, does not simply re-type the text of the holy book. He reads a chapter of the Bible every morning and boils the words down to a single, 140-character tweet.

Genesis 1 becomes, "God created the heavens, the earth and everything that lives. He made humankind in his image, and gave them charge over the earth," in Juby's summary. the rest

What Revival Looks Like

By Cal Thomas
September 03, 2010

In calling for a spiritual revival in America at his Lincoln Memorial rally Aug. 28, talk show host Glenn Beck reached back into history and touched on a familiar theme.

What would a genuine revival look like and how did those that have transformed America several times in the past get started? Earlier revivals were not created from the mobilization of large crowds. They occurred when people did something infrequently observed in modern times: humbled themselves.

Depending on how you count them there have been at least three “great awakenings” in American history. All of them — along with revivals in other countries — had one thing in common. They all began with what the late revival historian J. Edwin Orr called “a concert of prayer.” the rest

What passes for American Christianity today is increasingly counterfeit. It appears more focused on a transient earthly kingdom, rather than a heavenly eternal kingdom. That is idolatry and violates the First Commandment: “Thou shall have no other gods before me.”

UK: Young gay men fuelling HIV epidemic, study warns

Researchers say that rising rates of syphilis along HIV among young gay men suggests risky sexual behaviour was to blame
The Guardian
Tuesday 7 September 2010

The HIV epidemic in Europe, including the UK, is being fuelled by the risky behaviour of young gay men, according to research published today.

Public messages and campaigns about the dangers of unsafe sex do not appear to be getting through to men who have sex with men, the researchers say – particularly the young ones.

By investigating the genetic profile of the virus in more than 500 newly screened patients over nine years, scientists in Belgium have identified clusters of people with type B virus – not the one that is most prevalent in Africa.

Those infected are almost all white, male, gay and young, they say. These men also tend to have other sexual diseases, such as syphillis, which suggests that they are involved in unsafe sexual behaviour and are not using condoms. the rest

Stephen Hawking's new claims opposes Isaac Newton; Christians responds

Physicist Stephen Hawking made headlines this past week for taking on arguably the most influential scientist in human history, Sir Isaac Newton.
By Eric Young
Christian Post
Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Newton, who left enduring legacies in mathematics and the natural sciences, had centuries ago warned against using the law of gravity - which he discovered - to view the universe as a mere machine, like a great clock.

“Gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done,” the 17th century scientist and non-Trinitarian Anglican stated.

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being,” he added.

Hawking, however, says “the universe can and will create itself from nothing” because there is a law such as gravity. the rest

While Hawking has long been known to be a deist – believing in the existence of an impersonal god on the evidence of reason and nature only – his denial of a personal god was notably more explicit in the excerpts from his latest work.
Just found this:
Albert Mohler: No Need for God? Stephen Hawking Defies Divine Creation
...Hawking actually believes that there are countless universes, and that the laws of physics on each might be radically different from all the rest. What we do know is our own universe and its operational laws, and these, he insists, do not require any notion of a divine Creator. “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing,” Hawking and Mlodinow explain...

Monday, September 06, 2010

Devotional: Clear shining from God...

Clear shining from God must be at the bottom of deep labouring with God. What is the reason that so many in our days set their hands to the plough, and looked back again?—begin to serve Providence in great things, but cannot finish?—give over in the heat of the day? They never had any such revelation of the mind of God upon their spirits, such a discovery of His excellencies, as might serve for a bottom of such undertakings. ...John Owen image by Nick Russill

Obama could kill fossil fuels overnight with a nuclear dash for thorium

If Barack Obama were to marshal America’s vast scientific and strategic resources behind a new Manhattan Project, he might reasonably hope to reinvent the global energy landscape and sketch an end to our dependence on fossil fuels within three to five years.
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International Business Editor
29 Aug 2010

We could then stop arguing about wind mills, deepwater drilling, IPCC hockey sticks, or strategic reliance on the Kremlin. History will move on fast.

Muddling on with the status quo is not a grown-up policy. The International Energy Agency says the world must invest $26 trillion (£16.7 trillion) over the next 20 years to avert an energy shock. The scramble for scarce fuel is already leading to friction between China, India, and the West.

Scientists prove that women are better at multitasking than menThere is no certain bet in nuclear physics but work by Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) on the use of thorium as a cheap, clean and safe alternative to uranium in reactors may be the magic bullet we have all been hoping for, though we have barely begun to crack the potential of solar power.

Dr Rubbia says a tonne of the silvery metal – named after the Norse god of thunder, who also gave us Thor’s day or Thursday - produces as much energy as 200 tonnes of uranium, or 3,500,000 tonnes of coal. A mere fistful would light London for a week.

Thorium eats its own hazardous waste. It can even scavenge the plutonium left by uranium reactors, acting as an eco-cleaner. "It’s the Big One," said Kirk Sorensen, a former NASA rocket engineer and now chief nuclear technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering.

"Once you start looking more closely, it blows your mind away. You can run civilisation on thorium for hundreds of thousands of years, and it’s essentially free. You don’t have to deal with uranium cartels," he said.

Thorium is so common that miners treat it as a nuisance, a radioactive by-product if they try to dig up rare earth metals. The US and Australia are full of the stuff. So are the granite rocks of Cornwall. You do not need much: all is potentially usable as fuel, compared to just 0.7pc for uranium. the rest image

Development of Tiny Thorium Reactors Could Wean the World Off Oil In Just Five Years

The Higher Education Bubble: Ready to Burst?

Michael Barone
posted September 6, 2010

Imagine that you have a product whose price tag for decades rises faster than inflation. But people keep buying it because they're told that it will make them wealthier in the long run. Then, suddenly, they find it doesn't. Prices fall sharply, bankruptcies ensue, great institutions disappear.

Sound like the housing market? Yes, but it also sounds like what Glenn Reynolds, creator of instapundit.com, writing in The Washington Examiner, has called "the higher education bubble."

Government-subsidized loans have injected money into higher education, as they did into housing, causing prices to balloon. But at some point people figure out they're not getting their money's worth, and the bubble bursts.

Some think this would be a good thing. My American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray has called for the abolition of college for almost all students. Save it for genuine scholars, he says, and let others qualify for jobs by standardized national tests, as accountants already do. the rest

Priest: Islam May Fill Europe's Religious Vacuum

Responds to Libyan Leader's "Provocation"
ROME
SEPT. 3, 2010

(Zenit.org).- On an official visit to Italy this week, the Libyan chief of state caused a few ripples by stating that Europe should convert to Islam. The general public was perhaps more shocked, however, by his request for a few billion dollars to stop African immigration.

However, a missionary priest did call for taking seriously Muammar al-Qadhafi's statements on religion, saying a European conversion to Islam just might happen if the continent continues denying its Christian roots.

Father Piero Gheddo of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions and founder of the missionary news agency AsiaNews, said that far from being "folklore," al-Qadhafi's summons could become a reality in a few decades. the rest

"The fact is that, as a people, we are becoming ever more pagan and the religious vacuum is inevitably filled by other proposals and religious forces," the priest said.
'Islamization' of Paris a Warning to the West

Catholic church accuses BBC of 'anti-Christian' bias

Britain’s most senior Catholic has accused the BBC of harbouring an institutional bias against “Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular”.
By Heidi Blake
05 Sep 2010

Cardinal Keith O’Brien said the BBC’s news coverage is contaminated by “a radically secular and socially liberal mindset”.

The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh said the corporation’s intolerance of religion is equivalent to its “massive” political bias against the Conservatives in the 1980s.

He also accused the corporation of plotting a “hatchet job” on the Vatican in a documentary about clerical sex abuse on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain.

Cardinal O’Brien believes that atheists like Professor Richard Dawkins are given a disproportionate amount of airtime while mainstream Christian views are marginalised. the rest

Computers as Invisible as the Air

By JOHN MARKOFF
September 4, 2010

THE personal computer is vanishing.

Computers once filled entire rooms, then sat in the closet, moved to our desks, and now nestle in our pockets. Soon, the computer may become invisible to us, hiding away in everyday objects.

A Silicon Valley announcement last week hinted at the way computing technology will transform the world in the coming decade. Hewlett-Packard scientists said they had begun commercializing a Lilliputian switch that is a simpler — and potentially smaller — alternative to the transistor that has been the Valley’s basic building block for the last half-century.

That means the number of 1’s and 0’s that can be stored on each microchip could continue to increase at an accelerating rate. As a consequence, each new generation of chip would continue to give designers of electronics the equivalent of a brand new canvas to paint on. the rest image by Jeff Hitchcock

Abortion: Sacred and Holy?



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...If you listen closely you can hear the attendants (which include the mayor of our fine city of Houston Anise Parker) at this “dedication” commenting on their newly “sacred and holy” ground. They are speaking of the largest abortuary in the United States...

Brings to mind...

More perversion: Manual on How to Molest Children Is Legal, Cops Say

Texas Court Upholds Ban on Gay ‘Marriage’

By Peter J. Smith
DALLAS, Texas
September 3, 2010

(LifeSiteNews.com) - A Texas appeals court has struck down a trial court’s ruling Tuesday that the state’s ban on same-sex “marriage” violated the rights of a homosexual couple seeking a divorce. The court declared that “the natural ability to procreate” constituted the rational basis to restrict marriage to a man and a woman.

The Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas struck down the previous ruling that said that two homosexual plaintiffs married in Massachusetts, identified as J.B. and H.B., had a right to a same-sex “divorce” in Texas based on the “full faith and credit clause” of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs obtained a marriage license from Massachusetts in September 2006, moved to Texas in 2008, and later that year J.B. demanded a no-fault divorce.

Although the plaintiffs said they were not looking to challenge the state ban on same-sex “marriage,” the trial court judge said the state’s ban on same-sex “marriage” and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) also violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. the rest

Abortionists Kept Aborted Babies in Jars

by Matthew Archbold
Sunday, September 05, 2010

Two abortionists in Maryland (Dr. Steven Brigham and Dr. Nicola Riley) were ordered to stop practicing abortions in Maryland after a woman was severely injured.

Subsequently, police raided the clinic searching for medical records and to their horror they discovered dozens of unborn babies stored in a freezer.

After being shocked and disgusted my mind raced back to an incident a few months ago.

This would be a strange and horrible story if it had never happened before but just a few months ago another abortionist, this one in Philadelphia, was discovered to be keeping aborted babies in jars.

The offices of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell were raided earlier this year after a woman was injured and they found the conditions of the clinic to be “deplorable and unsanitary.”
Authorities reported: “There was blood on the floor, and parts of aborted fetuses were displayed in jars.” the rest

Papal Visit May Awaken Secular Britain from Religious Apathy

September 06, 2010
Ann Kane

While Rome burns, head clerics in Great Britain look on their Catholic kingdom with rose-colored glasses. Commenting on the upcoming "official visit" of Benedict XVI to Scotland and England, Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brigton, smugly says:

Pope Benedict is coming to a country where Catholicism is unusually stable, cohesive and vibrant enough in the current overall context of decline in the church in Western Europe. Indeed, I think he may well be relieved to be coming to a place where, unlike some of his other recent trips, there are no big problems for him to sort out.

No big problems? How about the fact that only 1 in 5 Catholics fulfill their weekly obligation to attend mass on Sunday? What about Archbishop Vincent Nichols, head of the church in England and Wales, endorsing the former Labour party's explicit sex education programs for children in faith schools? Nichols also continues to support a weekly mass for active homosexuals in a London parish. the rest

A couple of years ago, my son brought his British roommate to stay with us over the Thanksgiving holiday. Besides being ‘emo', he also felt like a fish out of water. Upon leaving to get back to school, he handed me a note. He wrote that he had never seen a family like ours in his entire life. He witnessed how connected we were to each other, and he said that in England, "families like yours don't exist."

British church minister jailed for 4 years after performing hundreds of sham marriages

By The Associated Press
posted September 6, 2010

LONDON — A British judge has sentenced a Church of England minister to four years in jail for his part in a sham-marriage scam.

Rev. Alex Brown was convicted last month of conspiring to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration laws. Two other men were also convicted in the scam.

Judge Richard Hayward said Monday the women "were vulnerable to being exploited and they agreed to marry for money."

The marriage register of Brown's church, St. Leonards-on-Sea, about 60 miles (100 kilometres) south of London, was shown to jurors during the trial. Of 383 weddings between 2005 and 2009, 360 involved couples where the women were from Europe and the grooms were African. Found here

God no longer male, Scottish Episcopal Church rules

A new order of service produced by the Scottish Episcopal Church has caused controversy by removing masculine references to God.
06 Sep 2010

Female priests asked why God was still referred to as a man. The new form of worship, which removes words such as "Lord, he, his, him" and "mankind" from services, has been written by the church in an attempt to acknowledge that God is "beyond human gender".

Episcopalian bishops have approved the introduction of more "inclusive" language, which deliberately removes references suggesting that God is of male gender.

Science and faith: the conflictTraditionalists have criticised the changes on the grounds that they smack of political correctness and because they believe they are not consistent with the teachings of the Bible. The alterations have been made to provide an alternative to the established 1982 Liturgy, which, like the Bible, refers to God as a man.

The new order of service, which can be used by priests if they have difficulties with a male God, has been produced by the church's Liturgy Committee in consultation with the Faith & Order Board of General Synod and the College of Bishops.

The controversial changes were discussed at the church's General Synod recently. The minutes of the synod reveal that female priests had asked why God was still referred to as a man. the rest

Sunday, September 05, 2010

CANA Deacon Ordinations at Church of the Holy Trinity, Syracuse, NY

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Four deacons were ordained today at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Syracuse, New York by Bishop David Bena. The Syracuse parish is affiliated with the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and part of the ACNA. The newly ordained deacons are Clayton Gilley and Samuel Leonardi from Tremont Church in Tremont, Maine where they will serve their parish under the supervision of Fr. Wayne Buchanan. The husband and wife team of Leroy and Helen Schultz are from Holy Trinity in Syracuse where they will serve their parish as deacons under the supervision of Fr. Jeff Altman. This is the third ordination service celebrated at the Church of the Holy Trinity since its founding in the summer of 2007. (pictures by Raymond Dague)

Bp. David Bena before the service

Bp. Bena gives the homily

Lying prostrate during the Litany for Ordination

Deacon Leroy Benjamin Schultz

Deacon Helen Welkley Schultz

Deacon Clayton Eugene Gilley Jr.

Deacon Samuel David Leonardi

The congregation prays over the newly ordained deacons

Presenting the newly ordained deacons

Bp. Bena and Fr. Jeffrey Altman, Rector of Holy Trinity