Saturday, June 04, 2011

54 Anglican Clergy to Defect to Catholic Church in Pentecost Ordinations

Sat, Jun. 04 2011
By Daniel Blake
Christian Post Contributor

The first of a series of ordinations are set to take place, which will see former Anglican clergy defect from the Church of England and become Roman Catholic priests, on Saturday.

Overall more than 50 former Anglican clergy will complete their defection over the next two weeks in a series of Pentecost ordinations.

The first of these will see seven former Church of England clergy be ordained in London by the Most Rev. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark. The event will further establish the new Ordinariate formed by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglicans that wished to defect from the Anglican Church of England in protest against its moves to accept women bishops.

In excess of 900 laity have already moved to the Catholic Church and have been waiting for their clergy to complete training for Catholic priesthood at a seminary in West London. the rest

Message from Bishop David Anderson


June 2, 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Having spent the first sixty-two years of my life in the American Episcopal Church (TEC), thirty-six of them in Holy Orders, I thought that I knew something of TEC and its ways. While I was in active ministry, I served in the dioceses of Washington, D.C., Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and finally in Los Angeles, where I retired.

Now in so-called retirement and as a Bishop Suffragan for CANA (Nigeria), I have had closer contact with many African Anglican provinces as well as the Church of England. I have discovered the complexity and, at times, the confusion of the family called "Anglican." As the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) builds its body of canon law, and as its constituent dioceses build theirs, there is an examination of the TEC tradition behind the canon law and custom, as well as that of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is fair to pose the question - what is authentic Anglican tradition? Much like quantum physics and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, it depends on where you are and when you ask the question.

In the old days when I was growing up as a lay person in TEC, it seemed like a diocese worked best when the bishop was like a weak English monarch (No, seriously! Bear with me.) who had to work with both the House of Commons and the House of Lords to see desired outcomes reached. In those days, the bishop needed to have the support of key, powerful parishes whose laity would work with him, and he needed the support of the cardinal rectors of the diocese, who would help build consensus among the clergy. All in all, when things were in balance, no one order unduly abused the other, and the (non-Hooker) three-legged stool was more or less level. Or at least that is how it was perceived to work.

Today, with TEC's new Title IV canon law revisions due to go into full force and effect in less than 30 days, it is clear that a decades-long process of power shifting has taken place. Vestries and the local incumbent priests have lost power to the office of the diocesan bishop, and the local diocesan bishop is about to lose considerable power to the Presiding Bishop and her/his top leaders. We note that Bishop Stacy Sauls, who is also an attorney and has played a major part in defining TEC's legal strategy toward departing congregations, has just been appointed as TEC's Chief Operating Officer. Does the timing of this appointment have anything to do with the upcoming canon law revisions? the rest

Mid-Atlantic Dreads Bad Summer of Foul, Hungry Stink Bugs

By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
May 20, 2011

The voice on the answering machine at SBS Pest Control in Pittsburgh offers an unusual valediction.
“We hope your day,” it says, “is stink bug free.”

Ask people around Pittsburgh and much of the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region and they are likely to say there have been far too few stink-bug-free days of late, a harbinger of what promises to be another challenging summer, a year after tens of millions of the inchlong pests wreaked havoc on crops and homes.

As the temperatures rise and stink bugs emerge from their winter quarters, entomologists say, the infestation could prove even worse this year, with the bugs making their way into new areas of the country.

The brown marmorated stink bug is believed to have arrived here from Asia in the 1990s. It has made its way from Pennsylvania to at least 33 states, and has been spotted as far west as California and Washington. A continuing advance is inexorable, scientists say, because the bugs have no natural predators and can travel long distances — not by flying, but via a more convenient method: covertly hitching rides in vehicles.

The insect has caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, munching apples, peppers, corn and soybeans, and has proved to be a general irritant — in no small part because of its foul odor, which the bug secretes as a defense mechanism.  the rest image by Stephen Klein

“The feeling in the bug world is this is the worst bug we’ve seen in 40 years,” said Michael J. Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. “It eats peaches and grapes and soybeans. It’s annihilated organic growers who can’t use pesticides. And guess what? After it eats your crops, it comes inside your home. I’ve never seen another bug do that.”

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Friday, June 03, 2011

Devotional: If you make a habit of sincere prayer...

If you make a habit of sincere prayer, your life will be very noticeably and profoundly altered. Prayer stamps with its indelible mark our actions and demeanor. A tranquillity of bearing, a facial and bodily repose, are observed in those whose inner lives are thus enriched. Within the depths of consciousness a flame kindles. And man sees himself. He discovers his selfishness, his silly pride, his fears, his greeds, his blunders. He develops a sense of moral obligation, intellectual humility. Thus begins a journey of the soul toward the realm of grace...
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Ryan and Van Hollen Debate Medicare Proposals

70 Methodist Clergy Agree to Wed Gay Couples

Fri, Jun. 03 2011
By Elena Garcia
Christian Post Reporter

Same-sex marriage is illegal in Minnesota but 70 United Methodist clergy in the state have signed a statement saying they will marry gay couples.

"We joyfully affirm that we will offer the grace of the Church’s blessing to any prepared couple desiring Christian marriage," reads the statement introduced this week at the 2011 Minnesota Annual Conference.

"We are convinced by the witness of others and are compelled by Spirit and conscience to act. We thank the many United Methodists who have already called for full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church." the rest

Albert Mohler: The Church and the ‘Clobber Scriptures’ — The Bible on Homosexuality

When the Bible, in part or in whole, is dismissed as “clobber Scriptures,” it is not only the Bible that is subverted, but also the Gospel. The Church must recognize that fact clearly — and fast.
Friday, June 3, 2011

Is the Church guilty of beating people with the Bible? As strange as that argument might sound, it is actually a powerful weapon in the hands of those who are determined to normalize homosexuality and same-sex marriage within the Church. Those pushing for the acceptance of homosexuality now argue that Christians opposed to that agenda are “clobbering” sinners with the biblical text.

There seems to be no authoritative original source for this very powerful rhetorical innovation, but it has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it is deployed as a way of subverting the Bible’s condemnation of same-gender sexuality. the rest

CDC issues travel notice about E coli. outbreak in Germany

By Mary Forgione
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2011

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an outbreak notice Friday about the deadly and virulent new strain of E. coli sweeping Germany. The notice advises Americans visiting the country, especially northern Germany, to avoid eating raw tomatoes, fresh cucumbers and leafy salads. And anyone who has traveled to Germany and has become ill with bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps or more serious symptoms should immediately see a doctor.

Authorities haven't yet tracked the outbreak to a specific food or cause. Media reports say more than 1,700 have been sickened and 18 have died from what has been identified as a strain of the disease known as E. coli O104:H4, producing Shiga toxin. the rest

Assisted Suicide Advocate Jack Kevorkian Dies at 83

June 03, 2011FoxNews.com

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who championed physician-assisted suicides, died early Friday after being hospitalized with kidney problems and pneumonia.

The 83-year-old Kevorkian, who said he helped some 130 people end their lives from 1990 to 1999, died about 2:30 a.m. at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., close friend and attorney Mayer Morganroth said.

An official cause of death had not been determined, but Morganroth said it likely will be pulmonary thrombosis. the rest

Kevorkian's 'fixation' tainted his view of life

‘Dr. Death’ Kevorkian passes at 83

Appeals Court Bans Church From Renting School Building

03 June 2011
Jennifer LeClaire

In a decision that runs contrary to established U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled 2-1 on Thursday that New York City Public schools can keep churches from renting school facilities for weekend meetings.

It’s a long-fought battle between the Bronx Household of Faith and the Board of Education of the city of New York—a 16-year battle to be exact. The outcome could cause a negative ripple effect on churches across the country that want to meet at schools on the same terms as other community groups.

The Alliance Defense Fund represents the Bronx church in the case. ADF attorneys intend to appeal the 2nd Circuit’s decision to ensure that churches are not tossed out of the schools. An injunction has protected churches for the past nine years. the rest

Christians face crackdown in Algeria

by Gerald Butt
Middle East Correspondent
3 June, 2011

THE antagonism felt by minority Christian communities in several Middle Eastern and North African countries appears to have reached Algeria. A Christian convicted of proselytising has been jailed, and an order has been issued for the closure of a number of churches. Algerian Christians report that, over the past few months, they have noticed a sig­ni­ficant tightening of restrictions.

A court in Oran province in the north-west of the country last week sentenced Siagh Krimo to five years in prison for talking to his Muslim neighbour about Christianity and giving him a Christian CD. He is also said to have defamed Islam. Those present at the trial said that no witnesses or evidence was pre­sented.

In a separate development, the Protestant Church in Bejaia province, in northern Algeria, has been told that seven churches will have to close because they are un­authorised places of worship. Last year, four Protest­ants were arrested for “practising religious rites without authoris­ation”. the rest

Closure of an important Islamic centre-Moscow seeks control of Islam

The Supreme Court ordered the Centre linked to the Council of muftis, to cease all activities. According to analysts and members of the Centre, the Kremlin wants to bring the Muslim community under the control of a single organization loyal to the state.
05/30/201
1 by Nina Achmatova
Moscow

 (AsiaNews) – According to analysts administrative irregularities, but also political motives are behind the Supreme Court decision to close, a popular Islamic organization with offices throughout Russia last week. They also maintain that the closure of the Centre for Islamic culture is linked to the Kremlin's desire to bring the large Muslim community in the country under the control of a single organisation loyal to the state.

On 25 May, the Supreme Court upheld the Ministry of Justice decision to close the center for "multiple violations of financial regulations." "This is a bureaucratic order given by people who want a puppet representatives for Muslims," the leader and founder , Abdul-Wahid Niyazov, told Russian media. He explained how documentation submitted by the Ministry for Justice was obtained under pressure from the Security Service (FSB), the notorious Russian secret services. Niyazov added that several directors of the Centre resigned following threatening phone-call by the FSB. The intention now is to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. the rest

China: Christian Groups Draw Professional Elites And Social Activists...

...and Put Authorities On Red Alert

The Shouwang Church and other Protestant Christian groups have a potentially powerful mix of Calvinist ideology, social activism and influence among China's educated elite -- even members of the ruling Communist party.
June 2nd, 2011
By Ursula Gauthier
LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR/Worldcrunch

BEIJING – Every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. sharp, you see them coming to the unwelcoming square in the middle of the university neighborhood in Beijing. Skinny young girls dressed in jeans and wearing ponytails, elegant couples in their 40s, distinguished men that look like retired teachers: they all gather here with a funny mix of hesitation and bravery on their faces. Minutes later, the anti-riot police intervene and arrest them without encountering any resistance. On the bus that takes them to the police station, they open their prayer book and start singing liturgical songs.

The people who so bravely defy the formidable security forces every week belong to the Protestant Shouwang church, the biggest and best known “house” church in Beijing. Shouwang means “to keep watch” in Mandarin. Notoriously independent, they refuse to let themselves be absorbed by the official “patriotic” church, which sits entirely in the government’s fold. This autonomous group of worshippers holds their services at one of their member’s homes, or in a simple conference room rented especially for the occasion.

The devotees elect their ministers – the members of the small “elders” committee charged with governing the church – and they are deeply dedicated to the life of their community. the rest

"With its 40 Biblical reading groups, choir, catechism, its faithful (typically members of the new bourgeoisie – professors, doctors, lawyers, students, and even Party members), Shouwang gains dozens of new converts each month. For the regime, it is the strongest symbol of the wave of religious conversion that has swept over the country of late. Urban, educated, disgusted by the “red” discourse served by the media, and fed up even with the cult of consumerism, the new, Christ-conscious Chinese upper class is on a moral collision course with a government that it perceives as soulless."


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KC Bishop Faces Calls For Resignation

Diocese Deals With Two Scandals Involving Priests
June 3, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese is facing growing calls for his resignation amid two scandals involving priests.

Bishop Robert Finn will meet with parishioners at St. Thomas More in south Kansas City Friday night. KMBC's Peggy Breit reported that is the parish where the Rev. Shawn Ratigan served from 2004 to 2005. Ratigan is charged with possessing child pornography. the rest

TV Executives Admit in Taped Interviews That Hollywood Pushes a Liberal Agenda

6/1/2011
by Paul Bond

Some of TV’s top executives from the past four decades may have gotten more than they bargained for when they agreed to be interviewed for a politically charged book that was released Tuesday, because video of their controversial remarks will soon be hitting the Internet.

The book makes the case that TV industry executives, writers and producers use their clout to advance a liberal political agenda. The author bases his thesis on, among other things, 39 taped interviews that he’ll roll out piecemeal during the next three weeks.

The Hollywood Reporter obtained several of the not-yet-released clips, embedded below. Each contains a snippet of an interview, usually some historical footage of the TV shows the interviewee was responsible for and, naturally, a plea to purchase the book, “Primetime Propaganda” by Ben Shapiro and published by Broad Side, an imprint of HarperCollins. the rest

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hospitals hunt substitutes as drug shortages rise

By LAURAN NEERGAARD
AP Medical Writer
May 30, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses - from cancer to cystic fibrosis to cardiac arrest - has hospitals scrambling for substitutes to avoid patient harm, and sometimes even delaying treatment.

"It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr. Eric Lavonas of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The problem of scarce supplies or even completely unavailable medications isn't a new one but it's getting markedly worse. The number listed in short supply has tripled over the past five years, to a record 211 medications last year. While some of those have been resolved, another 89 drug shortages have occurred in the first three months of this year, according to the University of Utah's Drug Information Service. It tracks shortages for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
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"No one is tracking patient harm. But last fall, the nonprofit Institute for Safe Medication Practices said it had two reports of people who died from the wrong dose of a substitute painkiller during a morphine shortage."

Memorial Day 2011



Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping
all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.
Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace;
strengthen them in their trials and temptations;
give them courage to face the perils which beset them;
and grant them a sense of your abiding presence
wherever they may be;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, pg. 823)

IRS does poor job of handling homeowner tax credit programs

An audit showed the IRS was unable to verify key requirements for eligibility. Many people who claimed tax credits for installing energy-saving equipment and materials in their houses showed no evidence of owning a home.
By Kenneth R. Harney
May 29, 2011

Can the Internal Revenue Service handle tax credit programs that pump out billions of dollars to homeowners and buyers? A new federal investigation on home energy tax credits suggests the answer may be: Not quite yet.

The Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration audited the residential tax credit program, created by Congress to encourage homeowners to install energy-saving equipment and materials in their houses, and found some disturbing oversights.
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"Because IRS Form 5695, which is used by homeowners to claim energy credits, does not require documentation of purchases, property addresses or whether the property even qualifies as the taxpayer's residence, the government primarily relies on the veracity of the taxpayer in processing the credits, and sometimes discovers irregularities or fraud only when it later audits an individual's return."

Obama Adm. Tries to Lock Out Lawyer Protection for Patients on Medicaid

Sunday, May 29, 2011
Wesley J. Smith

One of the reasons I turned against single payer is that I believe–as an advocate who learned the trade at the knees of Ralph Nader–in the tort system. It provides a free market remedy in a free market system.

Tort law is especially important in the health care marketplace, where private health insurers that deny benefits can have the bottom line sued out from under them for “bad faith”–if the company refuses clearly owed coverage. We’re talking punitive damages, baby! Just the threat can keep avaricious executives from crossing the line.

But under single payer, that protection evaporates. The government can provide benefits–and it can take them away–as we saw when Arizona stopped covering organ transplantation due to a Medicaid budget crisis. Now, the Obama Administration has gone to court in an amicus brief to make sure it stays that way. From the NYT story:
Medicaid recipients and health care providers cannot sue state officials to challenge cuts in Medicaid payments, even if such cuts compromise access to health care for poor people, the Obama administration has told the Supreme Court. States around the country, faced with severe budget problems, have been reducing Medicaid rates for doctors, dentists, hospitals, pharmacies, nursing homes and other providers.

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Mugabe Ally Escalates Push to Control Anglican Church

By CELIA W. DUGGER
May 29, 2011

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Religion, like politics, is often a dangerous business in this country.

As President Robert Mugabe, 87, pushes for an election this year, the harassment of independent churches seen as hostile to his government has intensified.

Truncheon-wielding riot police officers stormed a Nazarene church here in the capital last month to break up a gathering called to pray for peace. Days later, the authorities in Lupane arrested a Roman Catholic priest leading a memorial service for civilians massacred in the early years of Mr. Mugabe’s decades in power.

Mr. Mugabe, a Roman Catholic, recently denounced black bishops in established churches as pawns of whites and the West, singling out for special opprobrium Catholic bishops who have “a nauseating habit of unnecessarily attacking his person,” the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported.

But it is leaders of the Anglican Church, one of the country’s major denominations, who have lately faced the most sustained pressure. Nolbert Kunonga, an excommunicated Anglican bishop and staunch Mugabe ally, has escalated a drive to control thousands of Anglican churches, schools and properties across Zimbabwe and southern Africa. the rest

"Anglican leaders here who have refused to submit to Mr. Kunonga’s authority say they have been subjected to death threats, spied on by state agents and blocked from worshiping in their churches or burying the dead in Anglican cemeteries.

Godfrey Tawonezvi, bishop of Masvingo, described a visit from two men, who told him that Mr. Kunonga had instructed them to “eliminate” the five bishops who stood in the way of his controlling the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe. “They had all our phone numbers, our home addresses,” Mr. Tawonezvi recalled."

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Devotional: Unless we know the difference...

Unless we know the difference between flowers and weeds, we are not fit to take care of a garden. It is not enough to have truth planted in our minds. We must learn and labor to keep the ground clear of thorns and briars, follies and perversities, which have a wicked propensity to choke the word of life. 
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Gender Diversity Education?

Professor risks political storm over Muslim 'inbreeding’

Prof Steve Jones, one of Britain’s most eminent scientists, has warned that the level of inbreeding among the nation’s Muslims is endangering the health of future generations.


29 May 2011

The geneticist said that it was common in the Islamic world for men to marry their nieces and cousins.

He said that Bradford has a particular problem and warned that it could affect the health of children born into these marriages.

Prof Jones, who lectures at University College London, is likely to find himself at the centre of controversy in the wake of the comments.

Similar remarks made by Phil Woolas, a Labour environment minister, in 2008 resulted in calls for him to be sacked from the government. the rest
"He added: “Bradford is very inbred. There is a huge amount of cousins marrying each other there.” Research in Bradford has found that babies born to Pakistani women are twice as likely to die in their first year as babies born to white mothers, with genetic problems linked to inbreeding identified as a “significant” cause."

UK: Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctors forced to prescribe drinking water to keep the old alive

By Sophie Borland27th May 2011

Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital.

The measure – to remind nurses of the most basic necessity – is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards.

Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders. the rest

"Another 300 die malnourished. The latest report – by the Care Quality Commission – found patients frequently complained they were spoken to in a ‘condescending and dismissive’ manner.

The watchdog said three of 12 NHS trusts visited in the past three months were failing to meet the most basic standards required by law."

Porn's destruction is infiltrating the church

May 27, 2011
by Tom Strode

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (BP)--Foes of pornography are losing, and an onslaught of sexual attacks likely will result, Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land believes.

"We're losing this war. We haven't lost it, but we're losing it," Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said at a conference on porn and sex exploitation. "And if you don't think we're losing it, you spend time with college-age young people, and you'll find out we're losing."

He described hardcore, online pornography as "the greatest danger this country faces."

"[I]t is destroying our culture. It is destroying our families. It is destroying our children," Land said. the rest image
"Internet pornography is in your church. If your church has got more than 50 members, it's in your church," he told the audience. "I can tell you hardcore pornography is on the seminary campus. It's on the Christian college campus. It's in the pastorate. It's on the staff."

Are Americans Getting Comfortable With Immorality?

Fri, May. 27 2011
 By Stephanie Samuel | Christian Post Reporter

While the majority of Americans believe that the country’s morality is poor and lacking, the gap between those looking for the moral high ground and those who believe we are already morally good is closing.

A Thursday Gallup poll shows the number of Americans who believe the overall state of moral values in the U.S. is poor has dropped seven percentage points to 38 percent. Meanwhile, the number of those who believe the country's morality is excellent or good has risen eight percentage points to 23 percent.

Fewer Americans also believe the country's moral values are getting worse. Sixty-nine percent, down from 76 percent in 2010, say the state of moral values is worsening, while 22 percent, up from 14 percent, believe it’s getting better. the rest

Canada: Same-sex blessing passes

But Anglican synod vote upsets some
By BILL POWER Staff Reporter
Sun, May 29, 2011

Legally married same-sex couples in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island can now obtain a blessing from the Anglican Church.

A motion that approves the blessings, only when the same-sex couple are legally married, was approved at the 143rd Synod of the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, which concluded Saturday in Halifax.

An overwhelming majority of the more than 300 participants voted in favour of the motion, but at least one participant left the event in disgust after a heated debate and the vote, said a priest attending the event.

"It’s a contentious issue and it will continue to be," said Rev. David Fletcher of Lantz. the rest
The issue of blessing same-sex relationships has been hugely controversial for years for the Anglican Church of Canada.

Pakistan: Christian tombs desecrated, woman gang raped

May 27, 2011

Plowing over tombs with a tractor, Muslim landowners in a town near Pakistan’s third-largest city desecrated a Christian cemetery. The attack took place in Chak Jhumra, which is located near Faisalabad.

The attack follows reports of a recent gang rape of a Christian woman near Gojra, which is also located in Punjab province. The woman had been kidnapped by a Muslim colleague.

Also in Faisalabad, Christians report that a wealthy Muslim kidnapped two Christian girls, forcing them to accept Islam and to marry him. When the father of the girls complained to local police, he was arrested and charged with using alcohol. the rest

African-Americans, Bullies and the Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage

Penny Young Nance
May 27, 2011

As much as I respect Gallup and their polling prowess, I am skeptical of their recent poll which finds that for the first time a majority of Americans support legalizing same-sex "marriage." The supporters of allowing same-sex marriage are certainly loud at times but as I see it they are also most certainly in the minority.

When given the chance to vote on this issue, 31 out of 31 states voted against gay marriage, even in such traditionally liberal states as Michigan, Oregon, Hawaii and California (twice).

The supporters of same-sex marriage have grasped their hands tightly around the argument that Judge Vaughn Walker -- the judge who ruled that the ban on same-sex "marriage" was unconstitutional and who is homosexual himself -- made when he equated race with marriage:

"Race and gender restrictions shaped marriage during eras of race and gender inequality, but such restrictions were never part of the historical core of the institution of marriage. Today, gender is not relevant to the state in determining spouses' obligations to each other and to their dependents."

That did not go over well with many Americans and especially with African-Americans. the rest

Church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning

By Brittany Penland
 Saturday, May. 28, 2011

Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church.

But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees.

"We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member. the rest

Kirk fears secessions over gays

27 May, 2011
by Ed Thornton

THE Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Revd David Arnott, pleaded with conservatives to “remain in the Church” after it voted on Monday to move towards accepting those in same-sex relationships as deacons and ministers.

The Assembly (photo, above) spent several hours debating a report on sexuality by the Special Commission that it appointed two years ago after it approved the appointment of an openly gay minister, the Revd Scott Rennie, to Queen’s Cross in Aberdeen (News, 29 May 2009).

The Assembly had at the same meeting voted for a two-year moratorium on further appoint­ments of people in same-sex rela­tionships.  the rest

"He said it was “too early to tell” whether conservatives would leave, but hoped “people don’t have a knee- jerk reaction. A lot of us will be con­sidering our positions and talking with our people. There is a lot of discussion and discernment to take place.”  "