Saturday, May 19, 2012

Holiness...

Holiness is as indispensable for a spiritual warrior as is eyesight for a military fighter pilot. ...C. Peter Wagner image

Albert Mohler: To Utter What Has Been Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

This is a commencement address and charge to graduates of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, delivered May 18, 2012

Excerpt:
These graduates, and all who receive this calling, are not assigned to preach and teach a clever message. They are not assigned the task to compose their own truth and develop their own good news. They are to utter what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.

Just think of this: These graduates are now to be set loose in the world to utter hidden things, to make the name of Jesus famous, to declare the Gospel as public truth and as a message of salvation to be declared to every person and taken to every nation. They are not assigned to conceal, but to reveal. They are not to remain silent, but to speak. They are called to speak truths that so many prophets and righteous men longed to see and did not see it; longed to hear and did not hear it. [Matthew 13:17]

These graduates are not naturally capable of these things, but Christ will make them able. No human voice is worthy of uttering these truths, but God gives the utterance. Our salvation is all of grace, and so also is our ministry.

Graduates, you are called to open your mouths and utter what has been hidden from the foundation of the world. Following the call of God, you are commissioned to take the Gospel to the nations. Eternity hangs in the balance and the health of Christ’s church requires your faithful preaching. Some of you will labor out of our sight, ever known by God. Some of you will leave home and homeland for the cause of the Gospel. Some of you will die early in Christ’s service, knowing that you are safe in the faithfulness of your Savior. Some of you will grow old and live long, knowing that we are called to be faithful to the end. All of you will face adversity and exhilaration in ministry. In Christ, you will all get safely home. Full address

NH Episcopalians elect Dartmouth grad as new bishop

By Shawne K. Wickham
May 19, 2012

New Hampshire Episcopalians have elected the Rev. Rob Hirschfeld, a graduate of Dartmouth College, as their 10th bishop.

The election was held Saturday at St. Paul's Church in Concord. Hirschfeld, who has served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, Mass., since 2001, was elected by clergy and lay members of the Diocese on the first ballot.

He will be consecrated as bishop on Jan. 1 at the Capitol Center for the Arts.

Hirschfeld and his wife of 21 years, Polly, have three children. the rest

Added:
AP: NH church elects 10th Episcopal bishop
...Hirschfeld will be a bishop coadjutor until he is approved as the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Dioceses of New Hampshire at the church's national convention in July. The new bishop will be consecrated on Aug. 4 but continue to serve as bishop coadjutor until Robinson steps down Jan. 5...

Krauthammer: Same-sex marriage: Empathy or right?

Charles Krauthammer
May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON -- There are two ways to defend gay marriage. Argument A is empathy: One is influenced by gay friends in committed relationships yearning for the fulfillment and acceptance that marriage conveys upon heterosexuals. That's essentially the case President Obama made when he first announced his change of views.

No talk about rights, just human fellow feeling. Such an argument is attractive because it can be compelling without being compulsory. Many people, feeling the weight of this longing among their gay friends, are willing to redefine marriage for the sake of simple human sympathy.

At the same time, however, one can sympathize with others who feel great trepidation at the radical transformation of the most fundamental of social institutions, one that, until yesterday, was heterosexual in all societies in all places at all times. the rest

Metaxas: What Would Bonhoeffer Do?

By Eric Metaxas
May 05, 2010

Crime against the State?

Yesterday I read an article about a street preacher arrested in a northern English village. His crime? When responding to a woman's question, he listed homosexual behavior among a list of things contrary to the Word of God. He wasn't combative or loud, but a nearby policeman -- who happened to be gay -- overheard him and the preacher, a Baptist in his early forties, was promptly arrested for causing "harassment, alarm or distress" contrary to Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Adolf Hitler may have failed to bring fascism to England, but when reading about incidents like this, we have to wonder how much they needed his help. Incidentally, this event took place on April 20th, Hitler's birthday. This struck me as disturbingly apt and as I thought about it, I couldn't help wonder: "What would Dietrich Bonhoeffer do?"

I've been asking this question a lot lately. That's probably because I've written a biography of Bonhoeffer (Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy) and I can't get him out of my mind. But part of the reason I wrote the book in the first place was to get others to ask the same question. the rest

Friday, May 18, 2012

Has Time printed the worst Anglican article ever?

By George Conger
May 18, 2012

How Will Anglicans React if New Hampshire Episcopalians Elect Another Gay Bishop?” Time Magazine asks in a 17 May 2012 article printed on its website.

To which this Anglican responds, “Why don’t you ask them?”

Question headlines are often a flag of trouble ahead for an article — a signal that the article will be weak. The question is usually a rhetorical one — the answer is given by the editorial voice of the article. Or it is some sort of “come on” — an exaggerated statement to attract the reader’s attention.

No, this is not the worst Anglican article ever printed. There have been silly Anglican articles, wrong Anglican articles, dumb Anglican articles, partisan/hack job Anglican articles, and egregiously cruel and ignorant Anglican news articles printed over the past few decades, so it is false and unkind of me to say this is the worst Anglican article ever. Nor can the author be blamed for the silly headline, as reporters seldom write their own headlines.

But this article on the forthcoming episcopal election in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire is a wreck. While the editorial voice of this ill-informed story supports the progressive agenda in the Episcopal Church, it does so by treating the actors in this drama as one dimensional creatures — cartoons who represent issues rather than people whose lives are not exclusively driven by issues in human sexuality. the rest

Obama Campaign Hires Staffer to Corral Catholic Voters

Steven Ertelt
5/18/12

The presidential campaign of pro-abortion President Barack Obama has hired a new staffer whose job description will be to corral Catholic and Evangelical voters. The hiring comes at a time when Obama is enduring heavy criticism for not only his pro-abortion record but the HHS mandate his administration put in place requiring pro-life and religious groups that pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.

Michael Wear, currently the executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign as faith vote coordinator, according to a CNN report. The report indicates the Obama campaign hired Wear specifically to mute some of the criticism Obama is facing:

Wear, who was raised a Catholic but now attends a nondenominational, evangelical-style church in Washington, has spearheaded White House outreach to evangelicals and has focused on policy issues like adoption throughout Obama’s first term.

A source close to the campaign said the decision to hire a faith-focused staffer was provoked largely by continuing criticism of the administration from America’s Roman Catholic bishops and conservative Catholic organizations.

“I don’t think the campaign originally had this position in its box,” said a source close to the campaign, who refused to speak on the record because the person was discussing sensitive issues.

“But persistent opposition from Catholic groups sent the message that this was something (the campaign) had to think about longer-term,” the source said. the rest



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The Real War on Women: Abortion Drug RU 486 Injures Thousands

by Mailee Smith
5/17/12

On Monday, a state trial court judge overturned an Oklahoma law intended to ensure the safe use of abortion-inducing drugs, such as RU-486. The law, enacted in 2011 and based upon an AUL model, simply required that abortion providers administer the drugs in the manner approved by the FDA.

The state’s interest in enacting such a law was clear: Since RU-486 was approved in 2000, thousands of women have faced complications, many life-threatening. Both the FDA and the drug manufacturer have acknowledged the substantial risk of complications following use. Fourteen women have died. Eight of those women died of a severe bacterial infection that would not otherwise harm healthy women. All eight of those women were instructed to use the drugs in a manner that directly contravened the approved FDA protocol.

On the other hand, no women have died from bacterial infection after using RU-486 in the manner approved by the FDA.

With that in mind, Oklahoma adopted a law aimed at ensuring that RU-486 and other abortion-inducing drugs are administered only in the way approved by the FDA. Rather than allowing providers to hand out dangerous drugs and send women home to self-administer away from physician oversight and beyond the gestational limit approved by the FDA, the law required that physicians examine women before administering the drugs and instructed that the drugs be administered in a clinical setting within the gestational limit approved by the FDA. the rest

Hardliners in Bekasi Throw Stones at Ascension Day Service

Camelia Pasandaran
May 17, 2012

A mob of Islamic hard-liners threw stones and bags of urine at the HKBP Filadelphia congreagation of the Batak Christian Protestant Church in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, at an Ascension Day service on Thursday. Police tried to stop the mob of some 300 people, but were also attacked, according to reports.

“They assaulted the congregation members,” Rev. Palti Panjaitan told the Jakarta Globe on Thursday. “Police tried to talk to them, but the mob passed through police and showered us with urine and dirty water. Others threw stones at us.”

The mob reportedly attacked the congregation as the service started, and also shouted profanity and threats. the rest

Time: How Will Anglicans React if N.H. Episcopalians Elect Another Gay Bishop?

By Megan Gibson
Thursday, May 17, 2012

In the summer of 1992, an Episcopal priest in Baltimore officiated at the wedding of two female congregants. Though he had been "careful to obtain all the necessary permissions," it wasn't long before the Rev. William Rich found himself on the front page of the Baltimore Sun and at the center of a religious controversy. Rich was criticized by many in the community and church for performing a gay wedding ceremony, but he's never regretted the move. In a recent interview with the Diocese of New Hampshire's Bishop Search and Nomination Committee, Rich described the experience as an ultimately positive one, which "helped strengthen the gay and lesbian caucus among the clergy."

It's a good sign that Rich doesn't shy away from controversy because nearly 20 years later, he could be facing it once again. An openly gay man, Rich is one of three candidates to become New Hampshire's next Episcopal bishop. On May 19, about 200 clergy and elected delegates will cast their vote by secret ballot to choose a replacement for the current bishop, the retiring Gene Robinson, who is also gay. If a second gay man is elected to the post, the selection will likely reverberate through the staunchly conservative arms of the Anglican Communion, a global network of churches to which the Episcopalians belong. It could also widen a fissure in the network that's been forming for quite some time. the rest

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Life ‘Destroyed’ by China’s Forced Abortions Tells All to Congress

by Bridget Johnson
May 15, 2012

Capitol Hill got a chilling firsthand account of the forced abortions under China’s one-child policy today as funding of the UN Population Fund came under fire at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, noted in his opening statement that the one-child policy has been “enabled” by the UNPF, which was refunded by President Obama in an “indefensible reversal” from Bush-era policy.

Last year, the U.S. gave $165 million to the UNPF, which says it supports “voluntary family planning” in China (where, incidentally, it’s not voluntary).

The hearing centered around the ongoing case of human-rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who is still being held in a Beijing hospital along with this family.

Smith called Chen “among the bravest defenders of women’s rights in history.”

As a result of trying to defend women against forced abortions and forced sterilizations, Chen, who escaped from house arrest to the U.S. Embassy last month, has suffered “cruel torture, degrading treatment, unjust incarceration, and multiple beatings,” Smith said. the rest

US Bishops Reject Proposed 'Compromise' on HHS Contraception Mandate

By Luiza Oleszczuk
Christian Post Reporter
May 16, 2012

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said Tuesday in a statement issued to the Health and Human Services (HHS) that prospective changes in the contraception mandate, offered by the Obama administration as a form of compromise after a massive backlash, are still "morally objectionable."

The mandate, part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires employers – including most religious nonprofits such as hospitals and colleges (although not churches) – to provide health insurance that includes birth control for workers. The plan sparked protests from faith leaders and the public, and the Obama administration duly started working on a compromise in February, meant to "accommodate" religious institutions. Under the new rules, rather than requiring religiously affiliated charities and universities to pay for contraceptives, the cost would be shifted to health insurance companies, Obama said in February.

But after scrutinizing the proposed changes, titled the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), lawyers representing the USCCB said this week that religious employers and other stakeholders would still have their employee health insurance plans and premiums "used for services they find morally objectionable." The USSCB is the main Catholic Church body in the United States. the rest

The Facebook-Free Baby

Are you a mom or dad who's guilty of 'oversharenting'? The cure may be to not share at all
By Steven Leckart
The Wall Street Journal
Tue, May 15, 2012

Excerpt:
I WOULD NEVER TELL ANYONE how to raise their kids. But I've decided to draw a line in the sand with mine. When it comes to my son, who is 3 months old, I am doing away with privacy settings altogether—by abstaining. That means my wife and I won't be posting photos or discussing him online publicly (more on that later). Like a kid born into a vegetarian or Amish family, that is just the way it will be.

This hasn't been easy. I'm no Luddite. I fit the profile of what Nielsen recently defined as "Generation C," adults between 18 and 34 who are deeply invested in digital life (the "C" stands for "connected"). I joined Friendster in 2002. Myspace in 2003. Flickr in 2004. Facebook in 2005. I've been tweeting almost daily since 2007. I've checked into Foursquare. Uploaded to YouTube. Updated my Path. And I still post regularly to Instagram, albeit privately.

But I am an early adopter by choice, not obligation. It's not that I want my son to remain hidden from the world. I just want him to inherit a decision instead of a list of passwords and default settings. If he takes part in social media, he'll eventually do so on his own terms, not mine. (At what age? No idea. I'm new at this!)

As more of Gen-C begins having kids, I suspect they'll agree. In the last decade, we've watched parents embrace social media, often too much. I call it "oversharenting": the tendency for parents to share a lot of information and photos of their kids online. Sure, there's a big difference between announcing your baby's first crawl and details of your dirty-diaper duty (or worse). But it's a slippery slope. the rest image

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Explaining Obama’s Evolution

The electorate will often forgive—and can even embrace—a clean conversion story, where a politician honestly changes his mind and admits to it. But on marriage, such a story should not be available for the President, who was either alarmingly befuddled for several years or merely lying.
by Thomas Haine
May 15, 2012

After his big announcement on May 9, President Obama now has some serious questions to answer about his position, the first of which is simply, what is marriage? But we should not start this substantive discussion just yet. The president probably believes he can successfully present himself as a sincere new convert to marriage equality who just changed his mind. He was a reluctant bigot, his supporters could even say, but now he has sincerely seen the light (and so, he seems to imply, should we). But if we focus on the timeline of the last few years, any nice conversion story becomes patently absurd.

In 1996, Obama affirmed “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” (In another document that year he promised his support for a gay marriage resolution in Illinois.) But only two years later, on another questionnaire, he was just “undecided.” Then in 2004, he stated, “I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily as a strategic issue.” In 2006 he wrote “it is my obligation … to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided.” In 2008 at Saddleback Church, he said “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.” Again that same year to MTV, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”

Then, two years after his election, Obama’s public evolution began. In October 2010: “I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine. … I think it’s fair to say that it’s something that I think a lot about.” In December 2010, he said, “My feelings about this are constantly evolving. I struggle with this.” In June 2011, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer stated, “The president has never favored same-sex marriage. He is against it. The country is evolving on this, and he is evolving on it.” On October 3, 2011, Obama said, “I’m still working on it.” For the next few months it was often reported, and never rejected, that Obama’s opinion was still evolving. Then last week, the administration was lulled out of its slumber by Joe Biden’s bumbling remark on May 6 (which seemed to offer his support for gay marriage), but stuck to the old position that Obama’s opinion was still evolving. Jay Carney stated on May 7 that the President’s opinion “is what it was.” Then, two days later, Obama spoke: “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” the rest
So, to summarize: Obama was for gay marriage, before he was undecided, before he was against it, before his feelings were evolving again, before he was both against it and evolving at the same time, before he was simply working on it, before his position was “what it was,” before he was for it again, 16 years after the saga began.
Obama’s Contempt for the Voters

PA: Peters' Anglican Parish Moving to Canonsburg

On Thursday, May 31, the church will turn its property over to the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh.
By Andrea Bosco
posted May 16, 2012

The Anglican Parish of Christ the Redeemer (formally St. David’s Anglican Church) will vacate its property at 905 East McMurray Road in Peters Township on Thursday, May 31, and relocate to Canonsburg.

It will turn its property over to the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. The Rev. David Wilson, rector of Redeemer Parish, said the parish "holds no acrimony toward the new occupants of our former property.

"We wish them well and we hope they and their newly-elected Bishop Dorsey McConnell will faithfully contend for the faith as once delivered to the saints,” he said. the rest

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

If, then, we would pray aright...

If, then, we would pray aright, the first thing that we should do is to see to it that we really get an audience with God, that we really get into His very presence. Before a word of petition is offered, we should have the definite and vivid consciousness that we are talking to God, and should believe that He is listening to our petition and is going to grant the thing that we ask of Him. This is only possible by the Holy Spirit’s power, so we should look to the Holy Spirit to really lead us into the presence of God, and should not be hasty in words until He has actually brought us there. ...RA Torrey image

Attacking private citizens: the new normal

The Very Worst Thing the Government Can Do
by Keith Koffler
May 15, 2012

Excerpt:
The Obama campaign is busying itself looking into the private lives of donors to Mitt Romney. It is merely the logical extension of the thinking at the White House, which makes Obama enemies in the private sector – and their speech – fair game.

This is the very worst thing a government – or its proxies – can do. It is the practice of the world’s small petty satraps and its totalitarian behemoths. It’s just not tolerable here...

...And yet, it’s happening. The White House has gone from criticizing private citizens to investigating them. What’s next, arresting them?

What if Mr. Wolf comes up with some illegal activity on the part of Mr. VanderSloot. Well, it’s his duty – just doing his duty – to alert Mr. Holder.

And then we have our very first political prisoner. Hopefully Mr. Gibbs will bake him a cake. the rest

Online poker gambling could be legalized

May 15, 2012
by Doug Carlson

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Predictably, the news cycles these days have been largely consumed with the unpredictable -- the outcome of the 2012 presidential election and the future of the institution of marriage. This follows days of media showcasing the sensational -- Secret Service prostitution scandals in Colombia and General Services Administration spending scandals in Las Vegas.

But almost entirely absent from media mention is a brewing scandal that combines aspects of these unfolding sagas.

Reeling from slowed business and smaller coffers in the wake of a 2006 law to clamp down on the illegal practice of online gambling, the gambling lobby is roaring back in an effort to convince the government to license and regulate betting on the niche game of Internet poker; all online games involving wagering are currently illegal. the rest

Obama Mandate Forces First Catholic College to Drop Insurance

by Steven Ertelt |
5/15/12

Franciscan University appears to be the first casualty of the new Obama HHS mandate that requires Catholic colleges, groups and businesses to pay for drugs that may cause abortions and birth control for their employees.

Although President Barack Obama declared “If you like your health care coverage you can keep it,” when it came to passing Obamacare, a Catholic college in Ohio has determined it will no longer offer a student health insurance plan.

“The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover “women’s health services” including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” the university says in a new post on its website. “Up to this time, Franciscan University has specifically excluded these services and products from its student health insurance policy, and we will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.” the rest

Canadian Catholic Bishops Issue Letter On Religious Freedom

Obama campaign hires faith outreach director

By Dan Gilgoff
May 14th, 2012

Washington (CNN) – Just as it confronts fallout with some religious communities over President Barack Obama’s newly expressed support for same-sex marriage, the Obama re-election campaign is hiring a religious outreach director, an activist close to the campaign said Monday.

Michael Wear, who currently serves as executive assistant to the executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will join the Obama campaign in Chicago as Faith Vote Director, according to James Salt, a Catholic activist who is close to the Obama campaign and White House.

A White House source confirmed Wear’s departure on Monday but could not say whether he is joining the Obama campaign. The campaign did not respond to a request for comment on Monday. Wear’s hiring was first reported Monday by the Religion News Service. the rest

LATimes: Gay marriage decision not working in Obama's favor so far

 By Paul West
May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON -- It’s been one week since President Obama, prodded into action by Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks on a Sunday talk show, granted Robin Roberts of ABC News an interview in which he revealed his personal policy shift on gay marriage. Whether or not Obama’s decision, and the way it was handled politically, will make a difference on election day is still anyone’s guess — and may always be. Parsing reactions by millions of individual voters, particularly on an issue that ranks far below other concerns for most Americans, obviously involves a measure of guesswork.

That said, the first wave of polling is in, and the results aren’t looking particularly good for Obama. Taken together, four different national opinion surveys over the past week, by reputable organizations with good track records, indicate that the president’s stand could well hurt him politically. Unsurprisingly, the numbers are fairly close; but as often gets pointed out, tight elections are decided by small numbers of votes. the rest

A Gallup poll found that the overall change in public opinion was a” net minus” for Obama, though the organization cautioned that these results could change, depending on the degree to which same-sex marriage is, or is not, a campaign issue in the fall.

Map of Europe: 1000 AD to present day


posted May 15, 2012

-I wish it had a corresponding timeline as well. -PD

Watch it full screen-much better!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Church of England Evangelical Council publishes Statement on Marriage

From the Chairman The Venerable Michael Lawson
 St Matthias Day Statement
May 14th, 2012

On the 30th November 1995, as the world celebrated St Andrew’s day, under the aegis of the CEEC, a group of British Biblical and moral theologians published a significant and widely welcomed contribution to the then debate on homosexuality within the church. It was received by many as a thoughtful, cogently argued and pastorally sensitive contribution to the discussions, and has been broadly referenced, read and re-read in the seventeen years since it was first published.

The church’s conversation on the theology and ethics of same sex relationships continues unabated. Sometimes good thinking has been marred by insensitive and occasionally homophobic attitudes. Other times, genuinely compassionate and inclusive attitudes have been weakened by a lack of biblical rigour, and a consequent misreading of the revealed mind of God.

Since 1995 social change, relational practice and ethical thinking within the church have undergone a notable transformation away from orthodox biblical thinking. Parallel to this is an increasingly comprehensive public avowal of homosexual practice greater than in any other time in our church and nation’s history. Now that the government has called for a public debate on same sex marriage, effectively involving a redefinition of marriage itself, the urgency of thoughtful, biblical discussion set in the context of the Anglican formularies, their commitments and hermeneutic is especially pressing.

The Church of England Evangelical Council offers this irenic, finely argued, biblically articulate monograph, set as it is in the rich context of foundational Anglican thinking, to engage all in our church of whatever persuasion. Like its predecessor it is notable for both its rigour and sensitivity, and for this we are deeply thankful for its authors’ humanity and scholarship. Of course there are other important matters such as equality and human rights that also require thorough biblical thinking and analysis; but before we address such issues, we believe it is important to restate and reaffirm classic, foundational Anglican teaching on this matter.

As a council we pray that engagement with this material will lead to deeper biblical discussion on an issue of great concern to God , and therefore for his church too. For that reason, and in the expectation and prayer for his Spirit’s enablement, we offer to the Anglican Church with its many constituencies, this St Matthias Day Statement.

Statement here

Poll: Obama's Gay Marriage Stance Could Cost Him Votes

By Anugrah Kumar
May 13, 2012

A new poll shows that President Barack Obama's decision to support gay marriage might make many independents and even some Democrats less likely to vote for him in November.

According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll released Saturday, 26 percent say Obama's support of gay marriage will make them less likely to vote for him as compared to just 13 percent who say it will make them more likely.

About 60 percent of Americans say Obama's May 9th announcement will make no difference to who they will vote for.

The poll also found there was a negligible difference between the number of Americans who support gay marriage in general, which is about 50 percent, and those who approve of Obama's position on the issue, 51 percent.

Gallup noted that since there is a strong relationship between party identification and vote choice, a key to assessing how the change in Obama's view of same-sex marriage will affect his vote share this fall would be to look at its effect on independents, and on Democrats and Republicans whose views are different from the majority of their party. the rest

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Newsweek Obama Cover: 'The First Gay President'

Bill Clinton was the first black president. And now, according to Newsweek, we have the first gay president.
By P.J. Gladnick
May 13, 2012

Yes, all the speculation over what cover Tina Brown would choose for Newsweek is over. Despite several suggestions from The New Republic on this crucial subject, Brown refrained from taking their kindly advice and chose a picture of President Obama with a rainbow halo over his head.

This is quite an improvement over the mainstream media's portrayal of Obama in 2008 with an ordinary halo over his head. Now his MSM iconography includes the rainbow halo. It is hoped that this image will be used often in this campaign. After all, economic issues are trivial when compared to the all-important (in the eyes of Newsweek and liberals) matter of gay marriage. the rest

Follow the Money: One in Six Top Obama Bundlers Identify as Gay

Anglican Ordinariate Soon to be Created in Australia

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will be the third Personal Ordinariate created by Pope Benedict XVI following the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus was announced in November of 2009. A Personal Ordinariate is a church structure for particular groups of people who wish to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.
By Randy Sly
5/13/2012

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Many Anglo-Catholics in Australia have long awaited the day when they might be able to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church just as the fellow Anglicans have been doing recently in the United Kingdom and the North America. Their wait will soon be over.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued the following press release:

The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, announced today that Pope Benedict XVI intends to announce the establishment in Australia of a Personal Ordinariate for Former Anglicans to commence on 15th June 2012.

A Personal Ordinariate is a church structure for particular groups of people who wish to enter into communion with the Catholic Church. the rest

Departure Bittersweet for Member of The Falls Church Anglican

Bill Deiss and one of his sons both married inside the church and now the Anglican parishioners must be out of the church by May 15.
By Andre L. Taylor
posted May 13, 2012

The departure of the Anglican congregation by close of business May 15 from The Falls Church leaves Bill Deiss with mixed feelings.

In 1985 Deiss, parish administrator for the last 16 years, wed his second wife in the church. His son also married there. He watched the baptism of his grandchildren inside the church.

Now the Anglican congregation has been asked to leave the premises.

"It was always a possibility but we didn't think it would actually happen," Deiss said Friday. "It's sad but exciting as well."

The Anglican congregation of more than 4,000 worshipers will hold their last service at The Falls Church on Mother's Day at 11 a.m.

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Randy Bellows told The Falls Church and six other congregations in the Northern Virginia area in December to give their church property to the diocese they divorced years ago. The 113-page ruling came after almost five years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars in congregation-donated defense funds. the rest

Moms Crucial to Communities

May 13, 201
Ann Marie Buerkle

In homes across Central and Western New York, mothers work, raise their children, support their spouses and partners, pay the bills, take care of their homes, pay taxes and contribute in countless ways to the well-being of their communities. Our region is particularly fortunate to have mothers who are also community leaders and elected officials, presidents of hospitals, companies, community colleges and universities.

My own background as a working mom, now with grown children and grandchildren, underscores the commonality of the motherhood experience. I remember what it was like to balance the challenges of rearing children while juggling a myriad of other responsibilities. My daughter and daughter-in-law are a different kind of mom than I was, and I was different from my mother and her mother before her. For my 90-year-old mother, the child of Italian immigrants, blogging her parenting activities or coaching her child's soccer team would be completely foreign. I imagine many of the aspects of modern motherhood baffle a woman whose world was entirely focused on her home and family.

But like so many mothers, my mom's parenting reflected the universal nature of sacrifice and love. My only sister, Mary, was four years older than I. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was in the eighth grade and for the last 20 years of her life was a quadriplegic, totally dependent on her family and my mother, her primary caregiver. My mom served her daughter's needs with selflessness and unflinching devotion. She was an advocate, just as all mothers are for their children.

Over the last two years, I have had the great privilege of meeting some remarkable moms who struggle daily with similar challenges - children with intellectual or physical disabilities, a fight against the ravages of breast cancer or auto-immune diseases, domestic abuse or abandonment. And mothers who have experienced the loss of a child to disease, accident, suicide or in service to this country.

As I encounter them and their stories, I am inspired as a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister and an American. I take seriously the importance of advocating for these wonderful women, and I am very grateful to represent them and the rest of the 25th District in Congress. These are difficult and contentious times. We are a diverse community, and while we may agree on the problems, we don't necessarily agree on the solutions. But this Mother's Day, please join me in recognizing that regardless of race, religion, politics or personalities, our mothers are essential to our communities, and they should be valued for the sacrifices they make each day for the well-being of their families. Found Here

(Raymond and I have known Ann Marie for a long time. She is a nurse and I first met her when she worked briefly at St. Joseph's hospital many years ago when I was working there. While raising her six children, she obtained her law degree from Syracuse University. She has always been active in the Syracuse pro-life community and continues to remain firm to her pro-life commitment since being elected to Congress almost two years ago. She is often vilified by our very liberal local newpaper and yet continues unswervingly to follow her conscience as she represents our 25th congressional district. -PD)


Jan 20, 2011