Saturday, October 16, 2010

Devotional: God delights to plan for His children...

God delights to plan for His children. No human father ever experienced such joy in planning for his child as God experiences as He plans for you. He does not want you to miss any part of His beautiful purpose for you. His plans are filled with details of blessing, joy, and wonderful surprises. David said, "The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare"  ...Wesley L. Duewel image by Julian Povey image by Julian Povey

Friday, October 15, 2010

Devotional: But how shall we rest in God?

But how shall we rest in God? By giving ourselves wholly to Him. If you give yourself by halves, you cannot find full rest - there will ever be a lurking disquiet in that half which is withheld...All peace and happiness in this world depend upon unreserved self-oblation to God. If this be hearty and entire, the result will be an unfailing, ever-increasing happiness, which nothing can disturb. There is no real happiness in this life save that which is the result of a peaceful heart. ...Jean Nicolas Grou
image by Kelsey

Michael Nazir-Ali Announced to be new Assisting Bishop in South Carolina

by Kendall Harmon
October 15, 2010

He will serve as Visiting Bishop for Global Anglican Relations.


Synod hears repeated calls for common Christian Easter date

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At a synod concerned primarily about peace and the continued presence of Christians in the Holy Land, one of the suggestions made repeatedly was that Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans and Orthodox finally celebrate Easter together each year.

"We truly hope for the unification of the Easter holiday with the Orthodox churches," Latin-rite Auxiliary Bishop William H. Shomali of Jerusalem told the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East Oct. 14.

Celebrating Easter on the same day also implies observing Lent together, he said, which would give Catholics of the East and West an opportunity to witness together to their disciplines of Lenten fasting and abstinence. the rest image by Randy OCH

Disfiguring tropical disease surges in Afghanistan

Associated Press Writer
Fri Oct 15, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan – An outbreak of a tropical disease caused by sand fly bites that leaves disfiguring skin sores has hit Afghanistan, with tens of thousands of people infected, health officials said Friday.

Cutaneous leishmanisis is a parasitic disease transmitted by the female phlebotomine sand fly — an insect only 2-3 millimeters long that requires the blood of humans or animals so its eggs can develop. Treatable with medication and not life-threatening, cutaneous leishmanisis can leave severe scars on the bodies of victims.

The disease threatens 13 million people in Afghanistan, the World Health Organization said, and many impoverished Afghan victims can't afford the medication to treat it. the rest

Afghanistan calls for help to tackle parasitic disease

Bank of America Downgraded By Bond Market

By Mary Childs
Oct 15, 2010

Bondholders are penalizing Bank of America Corp. the most of any of the largest U.S. financial firms as the investigation into the foreclosure crisis expands.

Credit-default swaps on the country’s largest bank by assets are above those of its peers by a record margin, according to data provider CMA. The contracts, which imply Bank of America has lost its investment-grade rating, exceed Citigroup Inc.’s by the most ever and surpassed Morgan Stanley’s this week for the first time in a year.

Attorneys general from all 50 states joined to open an investigation into whether lenders and mortgage companies falsified documents as they sought to repossess homes. Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America said Oct. 8 it would curtail foreclosure sales nationwide, as speculation rose the lender would have to buy back home mortgages with faulty documentation. the rest

The Problem with Elitism

Small Government and Free Enterprise

Obamacare: Here Comes the Judge!–20 States’ Lawsuit to Proceed to Trial

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wesley J. Smith

As expected, a Federal District Judge Roger Vinson is permitting a lawsuit filed by 20 states against Obamacare to go to trial. This decision joins a similar decision by a federal court in Virginia, and is in contrast to a Michigan Federal Judge dismissing a lawsuit against filed against Obamacare there.

It’s a well reasoned and carefully thought out ruling. I can’t in the space available here, get into every nuance of the 65 page decision. So, please consider this a very general overview. First Judge Vinson clearly delineated the scope of his job as judge. the rest

Journey to Destruction

By Cal Thomas
Tribune Media Services
on October 13, 2010

Researchers announced Monday they had injected embryonic stem cells into a patient suffering from a spinal cord injury. It marked the world’s first human clinical trial of a procedure developed from such a source. The procedure took place at Shepherd Center, a spinal cord injury facility in Atlanta. The use of embryonic stem cells for such purposes had been banned under the Bush administration, but allowed under the Obama administration.

The question is why? the rest

In retrospect, great horrors are usually seen as springing up full-formed. Many people didn’t notice the small steps that led to the Nazi Holocaust or to the selling of African slaves in the public square. Senses must first be dulled; religion trivialized; and self enthroned before tolerance for the horrific is accepted.

Whose law counts most?

Finding an accommodation between Islamic law and Western legal codes is difficult. But there are some ways forward
The Economist
Oct 14th 2010

ANY Western politician, judge or religious leader desiring instant fame or a dose of controversy has an easy option. All you need do is say “sharia” in public.

Sharron Angle, a Republican candidate for the Senate, proved the point when she suggested that Frankford, Texas, and Dearborn, Michigan, were both subject to a sharia regime, as a result of the “militant terrorist situation” that existed in those places. Critics retorted that Frankford, after its absorption by Dallas, no longer existed as an administrative unit. Dearborn’s mayor, Jack O’Reilly, tartly told her that his town’s 60 churches and seven mosques were flourishing happily under American jurisdiction. But for some tea party fans, she was guilty at worst of slight exaggeration.

Less weirdly, but just as controversially, Archbishop Rowan Williams, leader of the world’s 80m Anglicans, will never be allowed to forget saying in February 2008 that some accommodation between British law and sharia was “inevitable”. Lord Phillips, then England’s senior judge, drew equal ire by adding that sharia-based mediation could have some role as long as national law held primacy.

It is easy to see why the word sharia has emotional overtones, especially today. The appalled reaction to the case of Sakineh Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, has stoked a global campaign for her acquittal. The sentence was suspended last month, but her fate looks dicey. She could still face execution on a murder charge. the rest

Sharia-Sanctioned Marital Rape in Britain -- And North America
As reported in the UK Independent, president of the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain, Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, has reiterated alarming comments made during a March, 2010 interview, sanctioning marital rape...

Pope Benedict Opens Landmark Assembly of Mideast Bishops

Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI opened up a special two-week assembly of Middle East bishops Sunday in hopes of contributing toward peace efforts through the Church.

“This unique event demonstrates the interest of the entire Church for that precious and beloved part of the People of God who live in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East,” the pontiff stated during the mass to inaugurate the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Churches of the Middle East.

“It is the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the land of the Exodus and the return from exile; the land of the Temple and of the Prophets, the land in which the Only Begotten Son of Mary was born, lived, died, and rose from the dead; the cradle of the Church, established in order to carry Christ’s Gospel to the ends of the earth,” Benedict added. “And we too, as believers, look at the Middle East with this view, from the perspective of the history of salvation.”

For the next two weeks, 172 bishops will be discussing the future of Christian communities in the Middle East together with 14 Roman Curia officials, 14 non-Catholic Christians and 30 academic experts. Among the non-Catholics expected to join the Oct. 10-24 gathering in Rome are Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee and the Rt. Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. the rest

Continuing fight over Christ Church, Savannah

Friday, October 15, 2010

The bookshelves in the Rev. Marc Robertson's office are empty. Actually, most of the rooms inside Christ Church in Savannah are quite bare, suggesting the oldest church in Georgia may be moving.

Maybe, indeed, though part of that congregation would argue it already has moved. After breaking away from the Episcopal Church in 2007, Christ Church has battled with the Diocese of Georgia over who has the right to worship in the large-columned building in downtown Savannah.

Both the Chatham County Superior Court and Georgia Court of Appeals ruled that the Episcopal Church - like all hierarchical churches - hold the rights to the real estate of all its parishes.

But Christ Church members believe that because they formed the church before the Episcopal Church existed, they are in their proper home.

Now they hope the state Supreme Court will decide who gets the keys. And they believe that decision could affect a lot more than one congregation. the rest

Bishop Gene Robinson Helps Assure Gay Teens That 'It Gets Better'

Friday October 15, 2010

New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, has contributed a video to the "It Gets Better" project, aimed at assuring gay teenagers who are considering suicide that there's a light at the end of the tunnel of high school hell.

the rest/video

"I know a lot of you are feeling in that dark place because religion and religious people are telling you that you are an abomination before God. Maybe you are growing up in a Roman Catholic household and you hear from your church that you are intrinsically disordered. Or maybe you are growing up in a Mormon household or a Southern Baptist household, and you're told that that somehow your life is not acceptable to God. I want to tell you, as a religious person, that they are flat out wrong."

"God loves you the way you are and God doesn't want you to change. And God doesn't want you to be cured or healed, because there's nothing to be healed from. You're the way you are, the way God made you, the way God loves you."

"So, if you're considering hurting yourself, please don't. Please, don't. God wants you to live in the light of God's love, and that light will take away all of this darkness. So, hang in there, be strong, and know that despite the messages that you get from religious people, God loves you beyond your wildest imagining, and only wants the best for you. It gets better, I promise. It gets so much better."

-Gene Robinson

Pittsburgh: Convention to start despite lawsuit over split dioceses

Episcopalians calm in rough sea
Friday, October 15, 2010
By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As its convention opens today, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh is calm, planning for growth and launching the search for a permanent bishop.

"One of the things we are happy about is that it's just a normal convention," said Provisional Bishop Kenneth Price, who has been helping the diocese heal from a 2008 split in which the previous bishop and majority of parishes broke from the Episcopal Church over theological issues.

"I've been impressed with the way the people of the diocese have come together. The congregations at this point are intent on building up their churches, not on fighting," he said. the rest

Archbishop of Canterbury to hold talks with Hindu seers

Friday, Oct 15, 2010
By Odeal D'Souza

Head of the Church of England and Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, will hold talks with religious leaders during his visit here on October 20.

During his brief tour aimed at promoting religious harmony, the archbishop will hold talks with SriTridani Srimannarayana Ramanajua Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji, Sugunendra Theertha Swamiji, Srimat Swami Harshanandaji, Sri Taralabalu Jagadguru and other seers. The meeting will be held at the Ecumenical Christian Centre in Whitefield.

The archbishop is on a 16-day tour of India from October 9 at the invitation of the Communion of Churches in India. the rest

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Devotional: He shall give you another Comforter...

"He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever." John 14:16

We cannot control His working; He is most sovereign in all His operations, but are we sufficiently anxious to obtain His help, or sufficiently watchful lest we provoke Him to withdraw His aid? Without Him we can do nothing, but by His almighty energy the most extraordinary results can be produced: everything depends upon his manifesting or concealing His power. Do we always look up to Him both for our inner life and our outward service with the respectful dependence which is fitting? Do we not too often run before His call and act independently of His aid? Let us humble ourselves this evening for past neglects, and now entreat the heavenly dew to rest upon us, the sacred oil to anoint us, the celestial flame to burn within us. ...CH Spurgeon

Rowan Williams: Faith, hope and charity in the world today

11 Oct 2010

I want to try to gain a different kind of perspective on the three great theological virtues of faith, hope and charity by seeing how they are dealt with by one of the great mystics of Christian history, the sixteenth-century Spanish friar St John of the Cross.

St John - like everybody else in his generation of Catholic theologians - takes for granted a picture of the human mind which sees it as working in three basic ways: the human mind understands, it remembers and it wants. Or, in more abstract terms, the human mind is made up of the interaction of understanding, memory and will.

And the distinctive and fresh insight that St John of the Cross offers, is that if you put together understanding, memory and will with faith, hope and charity you have a perfect picture of where we start and where we finish.

In the Christian life, he says, faith is what happens to our understanding; hope is what happens to our remembering; and love is what happens to our wanting. To grow up as a Christian is to take that journey from understanding, into faith, from memory into hope and from will into love. the rest

CANA Anglican District of the Northeast Synod 2010

Christ the King Spiritual Life Center

Stunning views

Bp. David Bena


Holy Eucharist

Praying for Fr. Nigel Mumford

Fr. Tony Seel of St. Andrew's Vestal NY has a nice summary of the event here. (Pictures by Raymond Dague)

Witness Response to the alleged accusation by Charles Bennison of their intentional perjury at trial

(via email)
October 12, 2010

To the Members of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Pennsylvania:

When we testified at the ecclesiastical trial of Bishop Charles E. Bennison, we each placed our hand on the Bible and swore “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.” Under this oath, we testified with utmost seriousness, painful honesty, and fervent prayer. We spoke our truth.

Bishop Bennison now claims “it is known that all of the witnesses at my trial intentionally perjured themselves.” Such a grave accusation against the integrity of the witnesses and the ecclesiastical court process leads to the observation that Bishop Bennison continues to exhibit conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy.

In faith,

Julia Alexis, Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real
Martha Alexis, Western Diocese, Anglican Church in North America
Andy Alexis, Catholic Diocese of Sacramento
Maggie Thompson, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
Rev. Margo Maris, our pastor, advocate and editor, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon

cc: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Bonnie Anderson, President of the House of Deputies

New England Journal of Medicine Pushes NICE-Style QALY Health Care Rationing

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wesley J. Smith

...Here’s a rough overview of how it works against the elderly, people with disabilities, the non productive, and the very ill. Let’s say I have a serious illness and that Medicine A will give me two years of life at my current quality of life as an able bodied man. That would be worth, roughly 2 QALYs (less if I am elderly, but let’s not get too complicated here.) My friend Mark has MS and is a triplegic. Let’s say he has the same illness and Medicine A would also give him two years of life at his current level as a man with a serious disability. Because he only has the use of one arm, his two years might only be deemed a .5 QALY.

Then, the cost/benefit is measured, determining whether the cost of Medicine A is worth the number of QALYs it would provide. Thus, I would be more likely to receive the treatment over Mark because it would give me 2 QALYs, versus his .5 QALYs. Pure health care discrimination.

Obamacare opens the door to such (and/or other kinds of) rationing... the rest

Poll: President Barack Obama's support among college students wanes

BY Aliyah Shahid
Thursday, October 14th 2010

Barack Obama is no longer the big man on campus.

College students' support for the President is waning -- a worrying sign for Democrats who are trying to reenergize young voters before the midterm elections, which are just three weeks away.

Just 44% approve of the job Obama is doing, while 27% said they are unhappy with his job performance, according to a new Associated Press-mtvU poll.

That's a significant dip from the 60% who gave the president high marks in a May 2009 poll. Only 15% of college goers had a negative opinion of him back then. the rest

Hugh Hewitt: Wow. Just Wow. Could The Wave Grow Larger Still?

George Will: A historic shift in the making this election?

Barack Obama’s War on Jobs

Poll: Catholics, Protestants Leaning Right in 2010 Election

Abortion Boosts Breast Cancer Risk 193% Study Finds, Giving Birth Lowers It

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 13, 2010
Babol, Iran

( -- Researchers in Iran have published the results of a new study showing women who have an abortion face a 193% increased risk of breast cancer. On the other hand, women who carry a pregnancy to term find a lowered breast cancer risk compared with women who have never been pregnant.

The study folllows on the heels of new reports indicating Komen for the Cure gave $7.5 million to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2009.

The findings were reported in the April 3, 2010 issue of Medical Oncology but are coming to the public's attention only now. the rest
"...induced abortion and oral contraceptive use were associated with increased risk of breast cancer." The authors cited a statistically significant 40% increased risk of breast cancer following an abortion.

Chile's joy spreads to world as all 33 miners saved

Chile's joy spreads to world as all 33 miners saved

Rescued Chilean Miner: God Won
..."There are actually 34 of us because God has never left us down here," Jimmy Sanchez, 19, wrote Tuesday, according to Time magazine...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Devotional: Christ never was in a hurry...

Christ never was in a hurry. There was no rushing forward, no anticipating, no fretting over what might be. Each day's duties were done as each day brought them, and the rest was left with God. ...Mary Slessor image

Greatest political interview, EVER.

Anglican-Hindu dialogue being hosted by Archbishop of Canterbury in Bangalore


Renowned Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has welcomed hosting of dialogue by Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams with five Hindu swamis (ascetics) in Bangalore (India) on October 20, "to engage in discussions for mutual understanding".

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour. Religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience, Zed stressed. the rest

Komen for the Cure Donated $7.5M to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz in 2009

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 12, 2010
Washington, DC

( -- October is the month for breast cancer awareness, but it's difficult for pro-life advocates to lend their support to one of the primary organizations involved in the fight against breast cancer because it has provided contributions to the Planned parenthood abortion business.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has long denied that abortion plays any role in elevating the risk for women of contracting the deadly disease.

That's despite a wealth of research over decades showing an average increased risk of about 40 percent for women having abortions compared to those who carry their pregnancy to term. the rest

Council on American-Islamic Relations Launches ‘Islamophobia’ Division

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
By Patrick Goodenough

( – Spurred by the controversies over Quran-burning and the planned Ground Zero mosque, the most visible Islamic advocacy organization in the United States says it is launching a department to deal with “Islamophobia.”

In doing so, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is following the example of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the 57-member bloc of Islamic states. The OIC set up an “observatory” five years ago to monitor and report on incidents and trends around the world it regards as amounting to “Islamophobia.”

CAIR, which calls itself “America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization,” said in a statement Monday that its executive director, Nihad Awad, had announced the move at the group’s annual banquet, held in Arlington, Va. on Saturday. the rest

A War Of Lies Against The Chamber


President Obama has doubled down in his attack on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, continuing to call its ads foreign-funded. His charges are false and he knows it. If this isn't beneath his office, what is?

One needs to look hard to find any head of a major democracy as openly at war with his country's Chamber of Commerce as Obama is. His charge that the Chamber's $75 million ad campaign ahead of elections is funded by foreign sources is both false and an unprecedented smear, an accusation of a crime.

It's deeply disappointing coming from a country's elected leader.
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Barack Obama and the Chamber of Secrets

Regulating the College Dream

October 12th, 2010

President Obama wants to see the U.S. lead the world in the number of college graduates by 2020. But new regulations being proposed by the Department of Education would undermine that goal by presenting more obstacles to students seeking to attend the higher education institutions that work best for them. For-profit institutions, which would be most affected by the new regulations, serve a student population that has been underserved by traditional higher education. New regulations pertaining to how colleges are authorized could potentially further burden higher education institutions generally and lead to politicization of curriculum.

Krista Kafer writes in a new policy paper for the Centennial Institute:

The proposed regulations, if made final…will mandate a one-size-fits-all federal definition of state authorization…A state legislature or executive agency would then determine whether private colleges and universities will be able to enroll students with federal loans or grants. Such changes would be at best duplicative of the accreditation process – and at worst a pretext for government interference into the curriculum, research, and culture of private academic institutions.

“Moreover, these regulations imply that each institution of higher education will have to receive authorization from every state in which it has a presence as opposed to just its home state. Because states will likely interpret the regulatory language differently, institutions that operate in more than one state may be subjected to multiple, potentially conflicting requirements. While large institutions may be able to bear the cost of compliance, smaller institutions may find it too burdensome to serve students in more than one state.”
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Pope releases encylical letter: Ubicumque et Semper

"Always and everywhere," is how the Catholic Church shall preach the Gospel, according to a new encylical letter from Pope Benedict XVI. He also thereby creates a council for promoting evanglization.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
By Spero News

Given below are extracts of "Ubicumque et semper", the Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio data" by which Benedict XVI establishes the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation.

"The Church has the duty to announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ always and everywhere. ... Over history this mission has assumed new forms and methods, depending on place, situation and historical moment. In our own time, one of its most singular characteristics has been that of having to measure itself against the phenomenon of abandonment of the faith, which has become progressively more evident in societies and cultures that were, for centuries, impregnated with the Gospel.

"The social transformations we have seen over recent decades have complex causes, the roots of which are distant in time and have profoundly modified our perception of the world. ... If, on the one hand, humanity has seen undeniable benefits from these transformations and the Church received further stimuli to give reasons for the hope she carries, on the other, we have seen a worrying loss of the sense of the sacred, even going so far as to call into discussion apparently unquestionable foundations, such as faith in the God of creation and providence; the revelation of Jesus Christ our only Saviour, the shared understating of man's fundamental experiences like birth, death and family life, and the reference to natural moral law". the rest

Zenit: Papal Decree Establishing New Council

ObamaCare blowback

By Jeff Jacoby
Globe Columnist
October 13, 2010

‘WE HAVE to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,’’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last spring about her party’s 2,000-page health care overhaul. What she didn’t realize was that the more Americans find out about ObamaCare, the more they turn against it. Virtually from the day it was signed, a majority of Americans have favored repealing the massive law. According to two polls released this past week — one a national survey by Rasmussen, the other a poll of key congressional districts for The Hill — they still do.

So naturally congressional incumbents are touting their opposition to the health care law. the rest
But this much is clear: If the law with its expensive mandates remains on the books, millions of Americans are going to lose the health care plans they have now — plans the president repeatedly promised they could keep. Which is why just about the only Democrats campaigning on ObamaCare today are the ones who voted against it.
Obama’s Healthcare Rules Will Shut Down Catholic Hospitals Nationwide
...As the realities of the strict, anti-religious qualities of Obamacare dawns on people and as the government begins to crack down on religious organizations forcing them to obviate their consciences the eventual result will be the end of religious-based healthcare institutions. This will leave millions of Americans underserved and will also leave their health in danger.

McDonald's Happy Meal shows no sign of decomposing after SIX MONTHS

13th October 2010

Looking almost as fresh as the day it was bought, this McDonald's Happy Meal is in fact a staggering six months old.

Photographed every day for the past half a year by Manhattan artist Sally Davies the kids meal of fries and burger is without a hint of mould or decay.

In a work entitled The Happy Meal Project, Mrs Davies, 54, has charted the seemingly indestructible fast food meals progress as it refuses to yield to the forces of nature. the rest

China stakes claim to S. Texas oil, gas

By Monica Hatcher
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — State-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves.

With the announcement Monday that it would pay up to $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets, CNOOC lays claim to a share of properties that eventually could produce up to half a million barrels a day of oil equivalent.

It also might pick up some American know-how about tapping the hard-to-get deposits trapped in dense shale rock formations, analysts said. the rest

Also underlying the move is China’s need to find new energy sources and the technology to develop them to feed its expansive economic growth.

Spanish 'Equality Minister': Unborn Babies Aren't Human

Adds that the definition of human life is a 'personal preference'
Tuesday October 12, 2010
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

( - According to Spanish Equality Minister Bibiana Aído, unborn human children are not human beings.

In response to a formal inquiry made on the subject of abortion by a Spanish parliamentarian, Aído said last week that "the Government cannot share in the affirmation that the interruption of a pregnancy is the elimination of the life of a human being."

"Having an abortion does not suppose that a human life is terminated, because there does not exist a unanimous opinion regarding the concept of a human being ... because 'human life' refers to a complex concept based on ideas or beliefs that are philosophical, moral, social, and ultimately, subject to opinions or personal preferences," added Aído.

Aído's statement was made in response to a question posed by Carlos Salvador of the Union of the People of Navarra (UPN) party, who was in turn responding to Aído's claim that "a country is not worthy if even one person is suffering mistreatment." the rest

One Judge Instantly Nullifies Pentagon’s Policy on Military Service

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
By Pete Yost, Associated Press

Washington (AP) - A federal judge's ruling that the military must stop its "don't ask, don't tell" policy comes amid conflicting concerns of gays who think the government is moving too slowly to let them serve openly and Pentagon officials who believe that moving too quickly might disrupt a military engaged in war.

Gay rights groups have said they are disappointed that legislation to override the ban is likely to languish in Congress until next year, when Democrats could have fewer seats and less power to override Republican objections. the rest

Sydney Anglicans warned church is on its knees

David Marr
October 13, 2010

The Anglican Church in Sydney is in diabolical trouble. Already battered by the global financial crisis, the diocese is planning further savage spending cuts.

The archbishop, Peter Jensen, told the annual synod on Monday: "The financial issues are grave."

One of the biggest and richest dioceses in Australia, Sydney leveraged its huge investment portfolio in the boom and sold when the market hit rock bottom. After losing more than $100 million, it was forced to halve its expenditure. "There was considerable pain," the archbishop told the annual gathering of clergy and laity in Sydney. But it wasn't enough.

"In round terms, it seems possible that the amount of money available … to support diocesan works in the next few years is going to be reduced from the $7.5 million of 2010 to something like $4 million. Our major rethink of last year was only the beginning." the rest

Beach named first bishop of new diocese

Loganville rector praised at Atlanta ceremony
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
By Robbie Schwartz

To a standing ovation, and in front of an audience of more than 800, Foley Beach was consecrated on Saturday as the first bishop of the newly formed Anglican Diocese of the South. Beach is the rector of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville.

“It’s a great day for this region and a great day for the Anglican Church in North America,” said Archbishop Robert Duncan, of the Anglican Church in North America, as he brought greetings from the Global Anglican Future Conference Archbishops, a group that represents more than 40 million Anglicans. “Whenever we make a bishop, it is just a great ceremony in which we see what we inherit.”

The ceremony at the Church of the Apostles in Atlanta included Anglican Church leaders from around North and South America. Though not a member of the new diocese, the church was symbolic for Beach as he and his wife, Alice, were founding members. The beginning of both Church of the Apostles as well as Holy Cross followed the same path — from humble origins in local schools.

“Look around, because God gave them a vision as to what could happen,” Beach said about Church of the Apostles. “What is the vision God has given to your church? If you obey, look what can happen.”
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Consecration can be viewed at AnglicanTV

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Rise of Conservative Christian Women

Palin, O'Donnell, Angle, and Haley
October 08, 2010
By Thomas S. Kidd

With the improbable victory of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Republican primary, this has become the year of the new Republican woman. We don't yet know how the elections will turn out, but Republican candidates Carly Fiorina in California, Nikki Haley in South Carolina, and Sharron Angle in Nevada -- with the "mama grizzly" Sarah Palin looming behind them -- have altered America's political landscape and heralded surging female power in the GOP. The success of these candidates has sent the political left and its segment of the blogosphere into a particular kind of frenzy about the ostensible "radicalism" of the women of the GOP. The root of this frenzy is fear not just of conservative women, but of something that seems even more malevolent to the secular Left: evangelical conservative women.

The prominence of Christian female power brokers in American politics is nothing new. Going back to the colonial era, the story of American religion has disproportionately been the story of women. In essentially every Christian denomination at any period of American history, women have been the majority of congregants. And although they have often been excluded from pastoral leadership, women have found all kinds of ways to lead in the church, and in political causes championed by churches. The temperance (anti-alcohol) movement produced Frances Willard, one of America's most powerful reform leaders of the 19th century. More recently, Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum was probably the person most responsible for the defeat of the feminist Equal Rights Amendment of the 1970s, and Beverly La Haye founded Concerned Women for America, an organization that mobilized hundreds of thousands of American women to support the pro-life movement and traditional marriage. the rest