Saturday, September 10, 2011

Abused Archbishop John Hepworth ready to forgive

Tess Livingstone
From:The Australian
September 10, 2011

AN Australian archbishop leading a breakaway Anglican faction that wants to reunite with Rome has revealed that he fled the Catholic priesthood after experiencing systematic sexual abuse over more than a decade.

Archbishop John Hepworth, the primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, a 400,000-member Anglican breakaway group seeking reconciliation with the Vatican, broke decades of silence after securing an apology from the Catholic church and an offer of $75,000 compensation.

The revelation of his private pain, known until today only to family, a few close friends and senior church leaders, adds an extraordinary personal twist to the creation of Anglican ordinariates that have opened the way for the largest mass defection to the Catholic Church since the Reformation.

Despite what he suffered over a 12-year period from 1960 at the hands of two priests and a fellow seminary student who went on to be ordained, Archbishop Hepworth said he was determined to continue his mission to bring the churches together. the rest

CofE accused of asset-stripping over property sales

Bishops' historic houses are put on the market by commissioners to cut huge maintenance bills
By Andrew McCorkell and Mike Glover
Sunday, 11 September 2011

Some of the Church of England's finest historic properties are coming under the hammer as bishops' grace-and-favour residences across the country are sold off to cut costs.

The Independent on Sunday has identified at least seven prime Church of England buildings which have been, or are to be, sold. While the Anglican church needs funds, some of the sales have prompted suggestions that it is indulging in asset stripping.

See houses, as the properties are known, have been put on the market in Bristol, London, Portsmouth, Ripon, Rochester and Carlisle, as well as Hartlebury Castle, Worcester, which is Grade I-listed.

Auckland Castle, the Bishop of Durham's residence since 1832, owned by the church since the 12th century, is also under review. All have been deemed "unsuitable" as bishops' residences since 1999. the rest

Rowan Williams ‘planning to quit as Archbishop’ to return to academia

The Archbishop of Canterbury is planning to resign next year, nearly a decade before he is due to step down, it can be revealed.
By Jonathan Petre
11th September 2011

Dr Rowan Williams is understood to have told friends he is ready to quit the highest office in the Church of England to pursue a life in academia.

The news will trigger intense plotting behind the scenes over who should succeed the 61-year-old archbishop, who is not required to retire until he is 70.

Bishops have privately been arguing for Dr Williams to stand down, with the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, telling clergy he should give someone else a chance after nearly ten years in the post.

Lambeth Palace would not be drawn into confirming or denying whether the archbishop will be leaving next year.

A spokesman would only say: "We would never comment on this matter." the rest

Rowan Williams 'planning to quit as Archbishop' to return to academia

We'll Never Get Over It, Nor Should We

Ten years later, remembering a day of horror and heroism.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
by Peggy Noonan

People are discussing the geopolitical implications of 9/11 and how the tragedy changed our country, and most of what's been said has been worthy and serious. But my thoughts, as we hit the 10th anniversary, are more local and particular. I'm in a New York state of mind.

There were two targets, Washington and New York. Washington saw a great military institution attacked, and quickly rebuilt. In Washington people ran barefoot from the White House and the Capitol.

But New York saw a world end. New York saw the buildings come down.

That was the thing. It's not that the towers were hit—we could have taken that. It's not the fire, we could have taken that too. They bombed the World Trade Center in 1993 and took out five floors, and the next day we were back in business. the rest

Rowan Williams 'planning to quit as Archbishop' to return to academia

At Todd Beamer High School, students honor victims

STEPHANIE KIM
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Excerpt:
On Friday, about 2,000 people, including students, school staff members and dignitaries, assembled on the football field of the Beamer's namesake school, which has an enrollment of more than 1,800.

"They're never going to forget all the people who died," said senior Nathan Ceney, who attended Lakeland Elementary School on Sept. 11, 2001. "I thought it was a movie or something on TV. Who in their right minds would crash into two magnificent towers?"

Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest encouraged the students to not live their lives in fear. He quoted President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. The power to resist fear, however, is in each one of you."

Tears rolled down some faces when Deputy Chief Gordie Olson of the South King County Fire and Rescue spoke of the emotions he and other firefighters felt when they realized how many colleagues died on 9/11.

His agency brought back a beam from one of the World Trade Centers. It was on display at the school Friday and will reside permanently at fire station 64 next year.

"It truly surprises me how much emotions range from the artifact," Olson said. the rest

George W. Bush Flight 93 Memorial Speech: September 10, 2011

Prayers for 9/11

posted September 10, 2011
by Raymond Dague

A week or so before the 10th year remembrance of that fateful attack on America on 9/11/2001 Frank T. Griswold, the former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, issued a prayer for churches to use on the Sunday of 9/11/2011 as they recall that awful day a decade ago. The prayer is styled as a collect. A collect is short prayer to focus the thoughts of a congregation on God and his attributes, on a petition to him, and on an anticipated result of the prayer. His prayer is as follows:

God the compassionate one, whose loving care extends to all the world, we remember this day your children of many nations and many faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Console those who continue to suffer and grieve, and give them comfort and hope as they look to the future. Out of what we have endured, give us the grace to examine our relationships with those who perceive us as the enemy, and show our leaders the way to use our power to serve the good of all for the healing of the nations. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord who, in reconciling love, was lifted up from the earth that he might draw all things to himself. Amen.

What an odd prayer this is! It begins with the words “God the compassionate” which is an address to God found at the beginning of almost all of the chapters of the Koran, but not found once in the Bible. And the prayer is still more peculiar when it reads “give us the grace to examine our relationships with those who perceive us as the enemy.” Hmm! So we should, according to this prayer, rethink our relationships with those radical Islamic jihadistic terrorists who tried to kill us on that day, and who in the ensuing years have continued to try to kill us and destroy that which we hold dear.

It is difficult to even comment on such ludicrous words. Episcopal bishops have long exhibited a self-loathing for America and its actions. They generally side with the Palestinians as against Israel, and have ironically embraced the same type of dislike for traditional American values as have those who crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, albeit, not the advocacy of violence against our way of life exhibited by the terrorists. But his prayer with these sentiments is nothing short of astounding in its contempt for the nation and its people who seek to find solace and healing on this day of national remembrance. It is an insult to the memories of those who died, and a disgrace that it came from the pen of a Christian clergyman.

It is not clear how much traction this odd prayer has gotten. It may be only the obscure utterance of a liberal churchman. It is likely to be used (if at all) only in the left wing circles of dying mainline Protestant denominations. But least one Episcopal Bishop, Gladstone “Skip” Adams, III of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, promoted it to his parishes in the days before the 9/11 ten year remembrance. This is the same bishop who evicted one of his former parishes in Binghamton, New York and sold their building to a Muslim group to be used as a mosque.

There are other peculiarities in this prayer, but it does no good to dwell on them. Rather this prayer (sic) should be quickly discarded with not another thought. For anyone looking to find a prayer appropriate for 9/11, perhaps this will suffice:

Lord God, you have established this nation as a city on a hill to serve you and be a banner of freedom to all of the nations of the world. Now in this time when we recall the loss we have suffered at the hands of evil doers, keep this nation strong in the values of freedom, discipline, and individual virtue which have made us great, but help us to do so in the humility of knowing you as our creator, sustainer, and redeemer. Protect us from the violence done to us on account of the values which we hold dear, and help us to be a light to the nations so that all who look to us may see not us, but rather a humble service to you as our Lord and Savior. This we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

This may not be a perfect prayer, but it sure is a vast improvement on Bishop Griswold’s attempt to commemorate 9/11 in the churches of America.  image

Friday, September 09, 2011

WTC Memorial Cross


World Trade Center Memorial

Albert Mohler: Truth-Telling in a Time of Tragedy: September 11, 2001

Friday, September 9, 2011

[This message was preached on September 13, 2001--two days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. It is republished in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of those attacks. An extended reflection on these events from the perspective of 2011 will follow.]

Preachers are expected to speak when no one else has any idea what to say. This is not an enviable position. Standing at the graveside, the dying bedside, the scene of the accident, the preacher is supposed to know what to say, when nothing seems right to say.

Sometimes, saying nothing is best. We can be too hasty to speak, too eager to explain, too superficial in our answer, or too arrogant in our presumption. At other times, silence would be mere cowardice and the abdication of calling and responsibility. To fail to speak in these moments is to deny one’s calling and to fail the supreme test of authentic ministry.

The Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is “a time to be silent and a time to speak” [Ecclesiastes 3:7b]. It is often hard to know the one from the other. In most cases, we should carefully speak and prayerfully answer and fearfully explain. This is one of those moments.

Thousands of preachers will stand in pulpits this Sunday and speak with trembling lips to congregations loaded with expectancy. It could hardly be otherwise. The pictures are replayed in our minds and on our television screens again and again and again. We are watching the unbelievable transformed into the undeniable. the rest
 image by Rebecca Wilson

We must avoid moral cowardice disguised as pacifism and moral arrogance disguised as warmongering. Instead, we must pray for our national leaders as they demand justice and act to remove the threat of future acts of terrorism. All the peoples of the earth are threatened when international order is undermined by terrorists.

Dutch Guidelines Compel Doctors to Refer for Euthanasia

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
9/8/11

Guidelines proposed by the pro-euthanasia Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) call on doctors in the Netherlands to refer patients for euthanasia — even if they have moral or religious objections to the practice of killing patients.

The Dutch medical group released the proposal, “The Role of the Physician in the Voluntary Termination of Life,” a position paper saying, “Patients, too, often have difficulty telling a physician they have an authentic wish to die. Physicians, for their part, are under an obligation to take such requests seriously. This also means that if a physician cannot or does not wish to honour a patient’s request for euthanasia or assisted suicide he must give the patient a timely and clear explanation of why, and furthermore must then refer or transfer the patient to another physician in good time.”

“Vague promises, failure to transfer patients during absences, causing delays or indicating at a late stage or too late that the physician has reconsidered his decision to perform the euthanasia all demonstrate a lack of professionalism. The KNMG therefore calls on all physicians to act as they would wish themselves or their loved ones to be treated,” the paper continues. the rest
Smith notes that the position paper says if a patient does not qualify for euthanasia, the medical association says a physician may refer the patient to materials promoting assisted suicide.

The Arab Spring and Christian Persecution

by Joseph Puder
Sep 8th, 2011

While the Western media and governments have been preoccupied with the so called “Arab Spring,” little if any attention has been paid to the increased persecution of Christians in the Muslim Middle East.

Throughout the region, Christians have been targeted by Muslim mobs killing innocent bystanders, burning churches, and destroying Christian properties. Interviewed by The National on June 19, 2011, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared that the Arab Spring is posing a threat to Christian minorities throughout the Middle East. He added that “extremists were filling vacuums left by ousting of autocratic regimes,” and “leading to Copts being targeted in Egypt.” In Syria, Archbishop Williams warned, “tensions between Christian communities and Muslim majorities were reaching breaking point.” And, he added that Christians in northern Iraq had been subjected to a form of “ethnic cleansing.” The archbishop made his comments in an interview with BBC radio on August 30, during which he said that even in Bethlehem, Christ’s birthplace, the once-majority Christian population had now become a “marginalized minority.”

The Voice of Russia radio interviewed Egyptian Human Rights activist, Waukee Yakub, and when asked what happened between the Salafi Muslim groups and the Coptic-Christians he replied: “After the revolution of January 25th Salafis came to power. And the only side with which they conflict a lot with is the Coptic Orthodox Christians. They know we are peaceful people and we don’t hurt anyone and they started attacking churches, stop attacking even other Muslim people – the Sufi Muslims that they don’t like. What’s happening now is that it seems like the Military Council that rules the country right now is totally involved with them and constantly agrees them. We have videos and lots of pictures that prove that they do nothing when it comes to attacks on Christians.” the rest

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Hundreds of union workers storm port, hold guards hostage

posted Sept. 8, 2011

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of Longshoremen stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.

Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.

No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.  the rest

"A lot of the protesters were telling us this in only the start."

Letter from South Africa on the forthcoming visit of Katharine Jefferts Schori

September 8th, 2011
Anglican Mainstream

Letter from the South

The arrival of a foreign dignitaries to our shores is usually preceded by a fanfare and in some cases a carefully worded announcement full of diplomatic ‘flourishes’ to allay any misgivings the locals may have about hidden agendas and territorial posturing by the said visitor. It was thus with interest that I read the syrupy bulletin issued to inform us that Katherine Jefferts-Schori, leader of a notorious North American brand of Anglicanism was invited to address the Synod of Bishops of our church later this month. This particular brand is not only increasingly apostate, it is both irrelevant to Africa and impotent in the face of the challenges the African church faces. Eager to cement relationship with the Anglican leadership in Southern Africa, and in the face of very severe objections, these false prophets are taking full advantage of the opportunity to distribute largesse and sow their teachings.

The situation is fairly reminiscent of an occasion which took place in 1930’s Germany when Karl Fezer, a leader of the German Christian Movement, was invited to address a meeting of leading pastors and theologians of the German protestant churches. The German Christian Movement had as its stated aim the uniting of all Protestant Christians into an inclusive and affirming body. However the doctrine of this group was based on an errant theology of revelation which placed human experience above the revealed word of God. The great theologian Karl Barth listened patiently, read the prepared memorandum, then stood up and to the shock of everyone present announced “we have different beliefs, different spirits, and a different God” and walked out. That event marked the formation of the “Confessing Church” in Germany – a small but effective group of Christian leaders who were prepared to stand up against a heresy within the Church. On the other hand the greater portion of the Christian Protestant Church leadership in Germany succumbed to the call for unity. As time went on, this greater group that placed unity above truth was gradually absorbed, like a python’s prey, by the false gospel of the “Reichs Church”, rendered voiceless and impotent against the tide of Nazi totalitarianism that swept all before it. This subversion of effective Christian witness removed a major obstacle to Hitler’s ambitions and the resulting conflagration we call World War 2. the rest

The Obama Presidency by the Numbers

The president constantly reminds us that he was dealt a difficult hand. But the evidence is overwhelming that he played it poorly.
SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
By MICHAEL J. BOSKIN

Excerpt:
President Obama constantly reminds us, with some justification, that he was dealt a difficult hand. But the evidence is overwhelming that he played it poorly. His big government spending, debt and regulation fix has clearly failed. Relative to previous recoveries from deep recessions, the results are disastrous. A considerable fraction of current joblessness, lower living standards, dependency on government and destroyed savings is the result. Worse, his debt explosion will be a drag on economic growth for years to come.

Mr. Obama was never going to enthusiastically embrace pro-market, pro-growth policies. But many of his business and Wall Street supporters (some now former supporters) believed he would govern more like President Clinton, post-1994. After a stunning midterm defeat, Mr. Clinton embarked on an "era of big government is over" collaboration with a Republican Congress to reform welfare, ratify the North American Free Trade Agreement and balance the budget. But Mr. Obama starts far further left than Mr. Clinton and hence has a much longer journey to the center.

The president still has time to rebound from his economic policy missteps by promoting permanent, predictable policies to strengthen forecasted anemic growth. But do Mr. Obama and his advisers realize their analysis of the economic crisis was flawed and their attempted solutions mostly misconceived? That vast spending, temporary tax rebates and social engineering did little of lasting value at immense cost? That the prospect of ever more regulation and taxation created widespread uncertainty and severely damaged incentives and confidence? That the repeated attempts to prevent markets (e.g., the housing market) from naturally bottoming and rebounding have created confusion and inhibited recovery?  the rest (click on picture to enlarge)

4th Circuit Rejects Two Obamacare Challenges on Procedural Grounds

Avik Roy
Sep. 8 2011

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected two Obamacare constitutional challenges, on the creative premise that the individual mandate is a tax, and that the Anti-Injunction Act requires that a tax already be implemented in order for plaintiffs to have standing to sue on the basis that a tax is unconstitutional.

Up to this point, every single court that has ruled on the Obamacare challenges, whether led by Republican or Democratic appointees, has agreed that the individual mandate in PPACA is a penalty, not a tax. So it will be interesting to read the opinions in Virginia v. Sebelius and Liberty v. Geithner (which I’ve uploaded to this blog) to see how the judges justified this approach. The judges also write that, even if the plaintiffs had had standing to sue, they would have upheld the mandate. the rest

Republican Debate Marked by Absence of Pro-Life Issues

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com
9/8/11

The Republican debate last night featured intense discussions among the candidates seeking the GOP nomination to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama, but failed include any talk of pro-life issues.

Although the candidates gave their positions and attack each other’s views on political topics ranging from the economy and jobs to national defense and terrorism, the MSNBC and Politico moderates failed to ask the candidates any key questions about social issues, including the topic of abortion.

After the debate, pro-life former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews and decried the lack of focus on social issues. Ironically, Matthews tried to blame Santorum for the lack of attention to pro-life matters, saying, “No Republican on that stage really, including you, really wanted to focus on those hard social moral issues.”  the rest

Assisted Suicide as Elder Abuse

Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Wesley J. Smith

Anyone paying close attention to recent events must know that the assisted suicide movement’s ultimate destination is suicide as a general right. Now, in another step in the direction of death-on-demand, a notorious UK assisted suicide advocate is escorting an elderly woman to Switzerland to help close her (born-died) parenthesis in time.  From the Argus story:
A euthanasia campaigner nicknamed Dr Death has said he is preparing to take a Sussex woman abroad to be helped to die. Michael Irwin said he is expecting to escort the 91-year-old – who does not have a terminal illness – to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic in the next few months. The woman is believed to be the first person from Sussex to use the clinic. Dr Irwin, a 79-year-old former GP, of Cromwell Road, Hove, has claimed he has helped 50 patients die. Speaking exclusively to The Argus yesterday, he said: “I’m in touch with somebody who lives in Eastbourne who is 91, who is not terminally ill but who will be going to Switzerland in the next two or three months. “She has extensive arthritis. She has decided, “I can’t go on much longer”.

the rest

ASIA/PAKISTAN: Muslims and Christians kidnapped to fund terrorist groups

2011-09-06

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - There is a new, growing business of kidnapping people for extortion, launched by terrorist groups in Pakistan. This is carried out to obtain ransoms and replenish the coffers of terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda. The victims are citizens of all religions, Muslims or leaders of religious minorities, people in sight, foreign citizens (especially Americans), members of wealthy families. This is the alarm launched by Father Mario Rodrigues, national Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Pakistan to Fides. The priest notes "the growth of a phenomenon that has reached alarming dimensions" and calls on "the civil authorities and police to monitor it and take appropriate actions". the rest

Muslim Persecution of Christians
...some of the stories of Christian suffering under Islam that made it to a few non mainstream media last month...

New religious freedoms law in the workplace first step towards Islamic Sharia

Kenneth Schortgen Jr
Finance Examiner
September 7, 2011

On September 3rd, Mayor Bloomberg of New York City signed into law the Workplace Religious Freedoms Act, making the municipality the first in the country to institute religious-based protections for public workers. The bill, originally lobbied by the Sikh Coalition in New York, now opens the door for organizations such as CAIR to fight for Sharia Law inclusion for Islamic public workers as well...

...New York City's new relgious freedoms law comes on the heels of President Obama's initiative for more diversity in the workplace. Before the President's vacation to Martha's Vineyard in August, he signed an Executive Order calling for more diversity in public sector and federal employment.

These moves by President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg for greater diversity focus on the religious freedoms of a few, but do not count the overall costs, or potential conflicts that may arise when people of Christian or Jewish faiths choose to express their diversity in their places of work. Merit-based hiring is the law under Federal and legal guidelines, and so too is equality when it comes to promotions, and regulatory accomodation. Under the new law, a religious Sikh may wear the customary turban and Kirpan, but legal rulings still prohibit many Christians from displaying crosses, or other articles on work attire expressing their faiths and beliefs. Couple this with the numerous religious observances between the different faiths, and the new law in New York City may soon extend to a disparity in days off, or holiday observance between one employee and another.

In January of this year, the Islamic organization CAIR already sought institution of Sharia Law in the workplace in the state of Indiana. Now that New York has passed a law requiring public environments to accomodate religious observances, it will not be long before CAIR, or another Islamic organization, demands its rights and accomodation for their religious beliefs.  the rest

Clergy to File Federal Lawsuit in New York City if They are Denied the Right to Hold Prayer Service at Ground Zero

This would be the only public Prayer Service held at Ground Zero during the 9/11 Memorial Weekend

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Faith leaders and clergy plan public prayer service at Ground Zero for Saturday, September 10.

Participants in the prayer service will meet in front of St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway, at 10:00 a.m. and walk over to Ground Zero.

The group feels it is imperative to have a public prayer witness at Ground Zero seeking God during the 9/11 Memorial Weekend. the rest

America's True Debt -- The Fiscal Gap

September 7, 2011

Our country is in far worse fiscal shape than its $14 trillion -- and rapidly growing -- official debt suggests. Indeed, that figure measures just a small portion of the government's total liabilities. Why is that? The answer is there is no answer, and because there is no answer, the deficit is not well defined, says Laurence Kotlikoff, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Generational accounting is a well-established methodology to measure the burden of government on specific generations. A generational account for any given generation measures the generation's remaining lifetime net tax bill as a present value -- what the generation will pay net of what it will receive, all valued as of today. This amount has to cover the government's official debt plus the present value of all future government purchases of goods and services (discretionary spending). If it doesn't, the difference that's not covered is called the fiscal gap.

  • The U.S. fiscal gap, based on the Congressional Budget Office's long-term Alternative Fiscal Scenario, is nowhere close to the $14 trillion official debt.

  • Indeed, the U.S. fiscal gap is $211 trillion -- 15 times larger than the official debt. 


  • This means that Congress and the president have been focusing on the molehill, not the mountain, in their recent contretemps over the debt ceiling. the rest

    Wednesday, September 07, 2011

    Crane collapses at Washington National Cathedral

    Wednesday - 9/7/2011

    WASHINGTON - A crane has collapsed at the National Cathedral, falling in two different buildings on the grounds and crushing several vehicles.

    The crane, erected after a 5.8 earthquake damaged the cathedral, partially fell on Herb Cottage, which houses the cathedral gift shop.

    The gift shop was temporarily closed following last month's temblor.

    The crane also grazed the Church House, where offices for Bishop John Chane and the diocese are located.

    There is no word on the extent of injuries, but the crane operator was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. the rest

    Study: Australian children’s mental health deteriorating due to marriage breakdown

    by Thaddeus Baklinski
    Tue Sep 06, 2011

    (LifeSiteNews.com) - The psychological well-being of children and young people, especially young girls, in Australia has deteriorated significantly in the past 10 years, according to a report released today by Professor Patrick Parkinson of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney.

    The “For Kids’ Sake” report, commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), found that rising divorce rates, the breakdown of cohabiting relationships, and the increase in children born to single mothers is largely responsible for that deterioration.

    The report emphasizes the negative impact of family breakdown “in particular to a rapidly worsening situation for vulnerable teenage girls.”

    “In Australia, the number of children who do no reach the age of 15 in an intact family with both of their biological parents has almost doubled within a generation,” Prof. Parkinson states. the rest

    Obama's abortion absolutism and the 1st Amendment

    September 6, 2011
    by Timothy P. Carney
    Senior Political Columnist


    In 1994, abortion-lobby champion Ted Kennedy passed the Free Access to Clinics Act (FACE), which imposes stricter limitations on peaceful protests of abortion clinics than any other peaceful protest.
    This law, which strikes me as pretty darn unconstitutional, has never really been enforced. Tom McClusky at the Family Research Council says the decision to not enforce it was a "gentleman's agreement": "The story I normally got from Justice Department, Hill and real world lawyers on both sides of the aisle was that everyone understood the law was unconstitutional...."

    But now, NPR reports, Obama is deciding to crack down on those protesting, conducting sidewalk counseling, or even praying for the mothers and their babies.

    Here's NPR's report on one of the Obama Administration's targets: the rest
    This President, as a State Senator, voted against a bill requiring doctors to care for babies born after failed abortions (and then misled the media on the matter). As a candidate, he promised his first act would be signing the sweeping "Freedom of Choice Act," which would wipe out nearly all limitations on abortion and abortion subsidies. And then during the budget debates we saw him draw nearly his only line in the sand over Planned Parenthood subsidies.

    Marriage's decline in blue collar America

    Glenn T. Stanton
    Sep 6, 2011

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- There are two seismic -- yet under-the-radar -- trends happening in marriage and family today, but too few have taken note of them. The evangelical church would be wise to appreciate them, as we seek to minister in this area.

    The first is the continued and growing alienation of men from family life. This alienation can be attributed to many things: the male's own choosing, women and culture's growing negative and unrealistic attitudes about men, artificial reproductive technology among single women as well as the push for parenting and adoption rights by same-sex couples. I have written about these previously.

    The second is discussed here: The growing marginalization of marriage in blue collar America while it's doing better among the more educated classes. This has important consequences for the greater cementing of class divides.

    A unique and important report has just been released by the Brookings Institute, co-authored by two of the world's leading marriage scholars: The more socially conservative W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, and the socially liberal Andrew J. Cherlin, professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University.

    Both scholars are concerned about the marked decline of marriage among those who have graduated from high school, but who have no college degree. This encompasses a full 58 percent of the adult U.S. population. the rest

    You’ve Been Guttmacher’d: Planned Parenthood’s Baby

    by Ryan Bomberger
    LifeNews.com
    9/6/11

    Anytime journalists feel the need to reinforce unexamined Planned Parenthood statements, they pull the Guttmacher card. The Guttmacher Institute, founded by former Planned Parenthood President and former Vice President of the American Eugenics Society, Alan F. Guttmacher, is continually lavished with misleading credentials by mainstream media.

    NPR and the Washington Post call it a “nonpartisan research group”. ABC and CNN refer to Guttmacher’s abortion activist staff as “researchers”. USA Today calls the public policy organization a “non-profit group that studies reproductive and sexual health”.

    Where are all of the easy pejoratives like “extreme” or “anti-choice” and “partisan”? They’re just much easier to affix to groups like mine, The Radiance Foundation, that present the empirical evidence while opposing the destruction that abortion brings. the rest
    The Guttmacher Institute was birthed in 1968 as a research arm of Planned Parenthood. In the late 70s, for public relations and credibility issues, both organizations performed a public separation declaring that Guttmacher was no longer affiliated with Planned Parenthood (PPFA) in any way.

    Who Controls the Pulpit?

    September 6th, 2011
    by Jeremy Dys

    I cannot think of a single pastor that I know who would answer that question with any answer but, “Christ himself.” Yet, that does not seem to be the way the IRS and some politicians view it. In fact, if the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are to be believed, on some things, pastors must remain silent.

    For most of the history of Christianity, governments have tried – and failed – to silence what is said in the pulpits. Words of Truth, spoken in convicting Grace, cut to the joint and marrow. Hardened hearts and unwashed ears run when they are laid bare before Scripture.

    This, I believe, is in part why we see abortionists, secularists, pornographers, and homosexual activists so bothered by pastors speaking on moral issues that touch on politics. They are quick to invoke, the ‘separation of church and state’ as if it were a newly discovered doctrine of the faith that cancels out the command of Christ to make disciples of all nations.

    As a result, many pastors have self-censored their messages and slowly justified their silence with claims of “peace” and “unity.” Their silence has left those in the pews without encouragement and instruction. Such self-censoring has made a culture devoid of salt quite bland. the rest image
    Men of the pulpit: preach the Gospel. Preach not a moralism that fails. Preach the Gospel.

    One Sperm Donor, 150 Offspring

    By JACQUELINE MROZ
    September 5, 2011

    So Ms. Daily searched a Web-based registry for other children fathered by the same donor and helped to create an online group to track them. Over the years, she watched the number of children in her son’s group grow.

    And grow.

    Today there are 150 children, all conceived with sperm from one donor, in this group of half siblings, and more are on the way. “It’s wild when we see them all together — they all look alike,” said Ms. Daily, 48, a social worker in the Washington area who sometimes vacations with other families in her son’s group.

    As more women choose to have babies on their own, and the number of children born through artificial insemination increases, outsize groups of donor siblings are starting to appear. While Ms. Daily’s group is among the largest, many others comprising 50 or more half siblings are cropping up on Web sites and in chat groups, where sperm donors are tagged with unique identifying numbers. the rest
    Now, there is growing concern among parents, donors and medical experts about potential negative consequences of having so many children fathered by the same donors, including the possibility that genes for rare diseases could be spread more widely through the population. Some experts are even calling attention to the increased odds of accidental incest between half sisters and half brothers, who often live close to one another.       

    Tuesday, September 06, 2011

    Devotional: God wants warm-hearted servants...


    God wants warm-hearted servants. The Holy Spirit comes as a fire, to dwell in us; we are to be baptized, with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Fervency is warmth of soul...If our religion does not set us on fire, it is because we have frozen hearts. God dwells in a flame; the Holy Ghost descends in fire. To be absorbed in God's will, to be so greatly in earnest about doing it that our whole being takes fire, is the qualifying condition of the man who would engage in effectual prayer. ...EM Bounds
    image by Angus MacRae

    Anglican church in Qatar to be fully operational next year

    The Anglican Centre in Doha's church complex will be fully operational by the end of next year, the church rector has said
    By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
    September 6, 2011

    The Anglican Centre in Doha's church complex will be fully operational by the end of next year, the church rector has said.

    According to Father Bill Schwartz, the 35 million Qatari riyal complex, under construction since 2008, will be ready by the end of 2012 and will offer Christian Protestant denominational groups a location to worship.

    "Building is moving ahead apace, and moving ahead in line with our expectations. The building should be usable by Christmas next year," he said, quoted by Qatari daily Gulf Times. the rest

    Gallup: Uninsured Have Increased Under Obama and Since Obamacare Was Enacted

    Tuesday, September 06, 2011
    By Terence P. Jeffrey

    (CNSNews.com) - The percentage of American adults who lack health insurance coverage has not only increased during the presidency of Barack Obama, but it has continued to increase since Obama signed his signature piece of legislation last year mandating that by 2014 every American carry health insurance, according to a Gallup survey released today.

    In 2008, when George W. Bush was president, according to Gallup, 14.9 percent of adult residents of the United States lacked health insurance coverage. That increased to 16.2 percent in 2009, the year that Obama was inaugurated, and to 16.4 percent in 2010, the year that Obama signed his law requiring that all Americans have health insurance. the rest

    Bigger Birth Control Bucks Not Working: PP Making No Progress Against Unintended Pregnancy

    Guttmacher Study Reveals Startling New Data
    CHICAGO
    Sept. 6, 2011
    Christian Newswire

    According to a new study released by the Guttmacher Institute, increased funding for Planned Parenthood has had no impact on the rate of unintended pregnancies across the nation, as Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League, stated in his latest commentary. Even more startling is the unintended pregnancy rate among poor women, which the Guttmacher report says has "increased dramatically."

    This data, released in August, reveals that despite a steady increase in government funding, topping $305 million by 2006, the nation's largest abortion provider has made zero impact on one of the very problems they have used to justify these huge taxpayer-financed subsidies. In an August 24, 2011 Planned Parenthood press release in response to the study, the group's president, Cecile Richards, skirted the issue, declaring, "There is no question that birth control prevents unintended pregnancy."

    Planned Parenthood provides over 330,000 abortions every year and brings in over a billion dollars annually, but is still fighting to protect its government subsidies -- amounting to hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars sent to its clinics every year. the rest

    Internet archive shows Sept. 11 coverage

    DAVID BAUDER
    Monday, September 5, 2011

    NEW YORK (AP) — For many in New York and Washington, Sept. 11, 2001, was a personal experience, an attack on their cities. Most everywhere else in the world, it was a television event.

    TV's commemoration as the 10th anniversary approaches on Sunday puts that day in many different contexts. There is one place, however, for people to see the Sept. 11 attacks and the week after as they unfolded, without any filters.

    The Internet Archive, a California-based organization that collects audio, moving images and Web pages for historical purposes, has put together a television news archive of that day's coverage. the rest 

    Internet Archive for 9/11

    CDC: Half of Americans will suffer from mental health woes

    By Steven Reinberg
    posted September 6, 2011

    About half of Americans will experience some form of mental health problem at some point in their life, a new government report warns, and more must be done to help them.

    Mental health issues run the gamut from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder to suicide, and many of those suffering presently do not get help, experts say.

    The new report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tallied the national burden of mental illness based on country-wide surveys. the rest

    Suspension of Air Force Class Over Bible Passages 'Misrepresents First Amendment,' Lawmaker Argues

    By Todd Starnes
    September 05, 2011

    A Texas lawmaker is asking for a detailed report from the Air Force over revelations that a “Just War Theory” class was suspended because it included passages from the Bible.

    Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, sent a letter to Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley expressing his concern over the suspension of the class taught at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

    “Suspending a course like this because of references to religious texts misrepresents the First Amendment,” Cornyn wrote in a letter provided exclusively to Fox News Radio. “Although our Founding Fathers rightly included language in the Constitution that precludes the Federal government from establishing an official religion, this language does not, as some have argued, protect them from exposure to religious references.” the rest

    Monday, September 05, 2011

    Devotional: "In the shadow of His hand He hid me."

    "In the shadow of His hand He hid me." What a beautiful picture of the loving, nurturing care with which God surrounds His children. It is as though the hand of God were cupped over each of us, forming its protective shield against all danger, affording us shelter from the blazing heat of adversity. Because we are hidden in the shadow of His hand, no foe can alarm us, no harm can befall us. Under His protecting hand we are safe from every evil that would assail us. The shadow of His hand affords peace and rest. For Jesus' sake, the hand that casts the shadow removes from us our every burden of guilt and shame. In the shadow of His hand we find spiritual refreshment, for there we feed on His Word, and there we are blessed by His Spirit, who restores our souls and renews our hearts. Isaiah 49:2 ...Anonymous  image

    Facebook Page for Jesus, With Highly Active Fans

    By JENNIFER PRESTON
    September 4, 2011

    A North Carolina diet doctor has come up with a formula to create the most highly engaged audience on Facebook in the world, far surpassing marketing efforts by celebrities and sports teams. He draws on the words of Jesus and posts them four or five times a day.

    For the last three months, more people have “Liked,” commented and shared content on the Jesus Daily than on any other Facebook page, including Justin Bieber’s page, according to a weekly analysis by AllFacebook.com, an industry blog. “I wanted to provide people with encouragement,” said Dr. Tabor, who keeps his diet business on a separate Facebook page. “And I thought I would give it a news spin by calling it daily.”        

    For the last three months, more people have “Liked,” commented and shared content on the Jesus Daily than on any other Facebook page, including Justin Bieber’s page, according to a weekly analysis by AllFacebook.com, an industry blog. “I wanted to provide people with encouragement,” said Dr. Tabor, who keeps his diet business on a separate Facebook page. “And I thought I would give it a news spin by calling it daily.” the rest

    But the increase in the number of people finding faith communities via social media platforms provokes the question of what constitutes religious experience and whether “friending” a church online is at all similar to worshiping at one.

    Ireland: Clerical abusers shielded by ‘cabal’ of protection in church

    Archbishop reveals Cloyne abusers may have 'friends in the Vatican'
    By RONALD QUINLAN and MAEVE SHEEHAN
    Sunday September 04 2011

    The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has admitted that "a cabal" protecting clerical sex abusers may be operating at the highest levels in the Catholic Church.

    Dr Martin said: "There may be a cabal in Cloyne. They may have friends in other parts of the Irish Church. They may have friends in Irish society. There may be friends in the Vatican."

    Asked yesterday who was preventing the protection of children, he said: "The numbers that are involved in this are few. The damage that these people cause is horrendous. It's for all of us to see where they are, but in the long term I have to take the responsibility that in Dublin there are not cabals who reject our child protection laws. the rest

    PHILADELPHIA: Anglo-Catholic Parish Regroups after Priest/Bishop is Ousted

    Assisting PA Bishop makes personal visit to once exiled parish
    By David W. Virtue
    September 5, 2011

    The Church of the Good Shepherd Anglo-Catholic parish on Philadelphia's historic mainline heard PA Assisting Bishop Rodney Michel say that the vestry was free to choose its new rector from the "Oxford Movement of the Anglican Communion" while welcoming the parish back into the Episcopal Church after a decades' long legal battle.

    Speaking humbly to some 85 members of the parish at two services yesterday, Bishop Michel said that the reading from today's passage in Matthew's Gospel (Matthew 18:15-20) about Christians not engaging in lawsuits was timely. He called on the congregation to engage in a process of healing and to repair the the breach and brokenness while continuing to make a witness to Jesus Christ."

    "You must be about the building up of the Kingdom in this neighborhood. Your dedication to Catholic order must be honored and respected. You must respect those differences of people in prayer to our blessed Lady." The bishop asked for prayer for the ousted Fr. David (Moyer) and his wife Rita in their new journey. the rest

    Ireland: Anglican minister's civil partnership 'welcomed'

    5 September 2011
    BBC


    A senior Church of Ireland minister has said his same-sex civil partnership, the first for an Anglican clergyman in Ireland, has been "warmly welcomed" by his congregation in County Carlow.

    The Very Reverend Tom Gordon is originally from Portadown and is now Dean of Leighlin Cathedral.

    He told the BBC that he and his partner of 20 years held the ceremony in a registry office in July.

    He described it as a legal instrument and not equivalent to marriage.

    The Anglican church in England, where several ministers have entered civil partnerships, requires those within them to remain celibate. the rest

    NY seeks stop to wild hogs, may ban captive hunts

    'Houdini-like escape artists' breed readily in the wild
    By MARY ESCH
    9/4/2011

    Excerpt:
    "We're not talking about Porky Pig getting loose from the farm," Rusz said. "These are Russian wild boars. Those animals are Houdini-like escape artists and they breed readily in the wild. We've had domestic pigs for centuries and never had a feral hog problem until the game ranches started bringing these in."

    Wild pigs are intelligent and adaptable, eating almost anything and able to live in a wide range of habitats. They dig up cropland and lawns. They damage ecosystems by rooting and digging for food and devouring roots, stems, leaves, fruit, nuts, bark, bird eggs, mice, snakes and fawns. They compete with native wildlife for food such as acorns, carry diseases that can be transferred to wildlife, and destroy wetlands with their wallowing.

    Feral swine multiply rapidly, with sows producing several litters a year of four to six piglets, so as with any invasive species, it's crucial to mount aggressive eradication efforts before the population is widely established, Batcheller said. They're also wily and secretive, and become even more so when people try to shoot or trap them. the rest image

    Mental disorders common across Europe

    Monday, September 5, 2011

    A study has revealed that more than a third of EU citizens suffer from a mental disorder.

    The research found that 38.2% of people had some kind of mental disorder, with the most common forms being anxiety, insomnia and depression. Among those surveyed, 14% suffered from anxiety, 7% from insomnia, and 6.9% from major depression.

    Men and women were as likely to suffer from a disorder but tended to experience different mental health problems, the Press Association reports.

    While men are more likely to be alcohol dependent, women were two-and-a-half times more likely than men to suffer depression, particularly during child-bearing years. the rest

    Postal Service Is Nearing Default as Losses Mount

    By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
    September 4, 2011

    The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.

    “Our situation is extremely serious,” the postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, said in an interview. “If Congress doesn’t act, we will default.”

    In recent weeks, Mr. Donahoe has been pushing a series of painful cost-cutting measures to erase the agency’s deficit, which will reach $9.2 billion this fiscal year. They include eliminating Saturday mail delivery, closing up to 3,700 postal locations and laying off 120,000 workers — nearly one-fifth of the agency’s work force — despite a no-layoffs clause in the unions’ contracts. the rest

    Sunday, September 04, 2011

    An Open Letter to a College Freshman

    By Timothy Dalrymple
    September 1, 2011

    Dear Freshman,

    At last your time has come. Leaving behind the old world and the deep ruts you carved in the corner of that world that belonged to you, you’re off to explore undiscovered countries, to join a new and ever-replenishing society of fascinating people and learned scholars and impassioned artists and driven achievers, off to a place where the world is new and so are you. Whether or not your college years will be “the best years of your life,” they will almost certainly be among the most transformative.

    The question is whether that transformation will be for the better. Unmoored from the people and places that once defined you, you’ll feel a fluidity in your identity that’s both thrilling and frightening. You may feel as though you can be anyone and become anything. I pray that you will become who you are — the individual you most truly and deeply are, the one God dreamt of when he made you — and not the person that you or your parents or your friends think you should be. In service to that end, I thought I would offer seven pieces of advice. Though it feels churlish to say so, I offer this advice on the basis of some personal experience — more than many and less than some, with four undergraduate years at Stanford, three at Princeton Seminary and seven at Harvard for my Ph.D. I did a fair amount of teaching, came to know many professors well, and spent time too at universities overseas. So, on the basis of those experiences, here are my thoughts:

    1. Seek wisdom, not merely intelligence. My father shared this advice with me before my departure for Stanford, and he was precisely right. On a university campus, intelligence is common. Wisdom is rare. Intelligence is cheap, because it’s inherited freely; wisdom is of inestimable value because it’s gained through suffering and sacrifice and years of hard study and experience. Every night at Stanford I watched the most intelligent people doing the most foolish of deeds, chasing after the most worthless of goals, and believing the most baseless of things. Their intelligence did nothing to make them more loving or joyful or genuine. In fact, in many cases it led them astray, as they came to worship their own intellectual powers along with the admiration and accolades and material consolations they could win. They became immune to criticism, self-indulgent, and chasers of intellectual fashions. When you love the reputation of intelligence, then you will do and believe those things that will sustain that reputation. Intelligence does not make you more likely to do what is right or believe what is true. This is why it’s important to…

    2. Seek mentors, not merely teachers...

    the rest-this is excellent! Send to every college student you know.