Friday, October 12, 2012

Anglican Unscripted Episode 52


Oct 11, 2012

Kevin and George bring the latest Anglican News from around the world. This week they discuss the state of Religious News Reporting, the retirement of Charles Benison, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Vatican II and much much more.

Scrolling around...October 12, 2012

Catholic Bishops: Biden Didn't Tell the Truth About Obamacare's Abortion Drug Mandate
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement Friday saying that Vice President Joe Biden falsely described Obamcare's contraception and abortifacient mandate...

Giant eyeball found on beach, posing mystery for marine biologists
...Marine biologists couldn't immediately identify which species of sea creature would be associated with the eye, but researchers will use genetic testing if necessary to solve the mystery, said Carli Segelson, a spokeswoman for the commission. "I shouldn't say this, but they may be able to eyeball it," she told me today...

Strokes Becoming More Common in Young People
...The study, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, showed that strokes more than doubled in people under the age of 55 between 1993 and 2005.

Researchers can only speculate on causes for the increase, but more people have developed the risk factors that lead to stroke, like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure...

The Christian Exodus From Egypt
Visit any Coptic church in the United States and you immediately recognize the newcomers. You see it in their eyes, hear it in their broken English, sense it in how they cling to the church in search of the familiar. They have come here escaping a place they used to call home, where their ancestors had lived for centuries.

Waves of Copts have come here from Egypt before, to escape Gamal Abdel Nasser's nationalizations or the growing Islamist tide. Their country's transformation wasn't sudden, but every year brought more public Islamization. As the veil spread, Coptic women felt increasingly different, alien and marked. Verbal abuse came from schoolteachers, bystanders in the bus station who noticed the cross on a wrist, or commentators on state television...



Muslim Trafficking Networks Target Coptic Women

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Puppy vs. Broccoli

Scrolling around...October 11, 2012

Praising the school of hard knocks
The tendency to over-praise pupils has left our children cocky, thin-skinned and poorly equipped to enter the global race...

Canada: Gay teens will die, but who is to blame?
...However, the media is half right - people who identify as ‘gay’ are indeed dying at a staggering rate in comparison to the general population, most strikingly, the males. And someone is to blame for their deaths, but the culprit is neither school bullying, Christianity nor ‘homophobia’.

I recently discovered a shocking epidemiological study on the prevalence of HIV amongst men who have sex with men (MSM) in Ontario. This infection rate is shocking. The study was done in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. Yes, that does mean the McGuinty government!

The report is based on 2008 data from Ontario’s Public Health Units, the most current data year.

It shows that almost 1 in 4 MSM in Toronto are living with HIV. That’s a real epidemic! Not one fabricated to advance a political agenda....

Ontario Education Minister: Catholic schools can’t teach abortion is wrong - that’s ‘misogyny’

Gunmen kill U.S. embassy employee in Yemen
Masked gunmen shot dead a Yemeni man on his way to work at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Thursday, a security source said, the latest in a wave of assassinations in the Arab state where Washington is battling al Qaeda militants...

A Secularizing America?
...So what the Pew study may actually reveal primarily is the ongoing disaffection with denominational loyalties, most especially by Mainline Protestants. Catholics and evangelicals seem mostly to be retaining their overall market share. But once dominant Mainline Protestants are now in their fifth decade of continuous membership decline, and the spiral continues...

Why New Churches Should Sing Old Songs
...While it is important to continue to sing new songs to the Lord and to continue to write new songs to the Lord, I am often grieved to hear people say, "I don't like hymns," or, "That's for the older people." Perhaps the only thing that grieves me more is the lack of good doctrinal content in much of the newer corporate worship music.

I am not a traditionalist, but I believe new churches ought to sing old songs. I do not think that the only way is the old way. But we are standing on the shoulders of giants who have written songs that describe and declare the glory of Christ in a way that is unlike many songs written in our day. We miss out when we fail to teach with these songs that have shaped generation after generation before us.

I pray that in our day more than ever before, men and women will write great, God-exalting, Bible-saturated works that join the ranks with these hymns that have endured through hundreds of years of bad church music. All the while, I also pray that our church would guard good doctrine and not settle or compromise the gospel content of our songs for the sake of singing trendy new songs. May we sing songs, new and old alike, that make as much of Jesus as possible.

Backyards are highly overrated
There's an impression we all seek 'the great outdoors.' But we spend more time indoors...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Christian life...

If we get our information from the biblical material there is no doubt that the Christian life is a dancing, leaping, daring life. ...Eugene Peterson image by Andrew Taylor 

Scrolling around...October 10, 2012

Shooting of Pakistani teen activist prompts outcry against extremism
In a country where militant attacks occur almost daily, the Taliban’s attempted assassination of a 14-year-old education rights activist in northwestern Pakistan united Pakistanis from across social divides Wednesday in a remarkable and rare display of collective outrage against extremism.
The shooting Tuesday of Malala Yousafzai, who remains in critical condition in a Peshawar military hospital, brought condemnation from conservative clerics, secular politicians, the military and media figures at a time when Pakistanis had seemed almost numb to rising extremism...

Stunner: Turkey Infiltrating Native American Tribes — and May Get Congressional Help
Islamists select a new target, and a “see no evil” House bill may facilitate the effort.
Recently, Native American Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK, member of the Chickasaw Nation) introduced H.R. 2362, the Indian Trade and Investment Demonstration Project. The bill singles out Turkish-owned companies for exclusive investment preferences and special rights in Native American tribal area projects...

EXTREME Black Anger in Chicago at Obama: “He done did it. He ruined it for us. White people don’t feel guilty no more and won’t do stuff for us now”.
...The problem, for blacks in Chicago, is that the Obamas have actually ruined that white guilt for “the rest of us”, as the Think Squad put it last night at an impromptu after-church-programs dinner I enjoyed with some of the more outspoken “Thinkers” in a little Mexican restaurant near the south side. I try to go to as many of these events as I’m invited to because I always learn something new about how much many blacks actually detest Barack Obama, despite the fact that 95% of black voters are still going to cast their ballots for him in November. ”Look, you just have to understand that if there’s a chance to vote for someone who looks like us on a ticket, especially for president, we ain’t gonna vote for no Romney. You put Allen West on a ticket some time and you’ll have blacks forgetting they were ever Democrat. Put that Mia Love on a ticket and watch blacks go nuts for her as VP or something in the future. Democrat Party “Who?” they will say because if you look at the skin and it looks like yours that’s just how you vote. This is the truth. Am I lying?,” one older Thinker asked the table...

Denominational loyalty imploding?
A new religious demographic survey from the Pew Forum asserts that a record number of Americans profess no religious affiliation, and that Protestants are now a minority in America. The study is being widely reported as showing that a growing number of people are rejecting at least organized religion, that Protestants are receding in importance, and that America is becoming more and more secular.
But Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion& Democracy, points out another important aspect of the statistics - one he says is being essentially ignored...

Islam appears to spread in Haiti, a country where Christianity and Voodoo hold sway
...Islam has won a growing number of followers in this impoverished country, especially after the catastrophe two years ago that killed some 300,000 people and left millions more homeless. A capital where church attendance is so prevalent that the streets echo with Christian hymns on Sundays now has at least five mosques, a Muslim parliament member and a nightly local television program devoted to Islam.

The disaster drew in aid groups from around the world, including Islamic Relief USA, which built 200 shelters and a secondary school with 20 classrooms...

Belgium Leads in Organ Transplants from those Euthanized
...“The researchers found that a fifth of nurses admitted being involved in the assisted suicide of a patient. But nearly half of these - 120 of 248 - also said there was no consent.”...



Surprise Military Family Welcome Home at South Carolina Football Game

Syracuse-Onondaga park



Yesterday, Herschel dog and I took a walk and enjoyed the spectacular fall day at Upper Onondaga Park two blocks from my house.  As you can see, leaves are not at peak in Syracuse. How could one not see God's hand in His creation! Took these pictures with my cell phone.  -PD

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

A little political...October 9, 2012

A.S. Haley: Obamacare Could Come Before SCOTUS Again
The Supreme Court of the United States began its October 2012 term last week. Little noticed, among the various orders it issued at the outset, was a request in Case No. 11-438 (see p. 7 of the order list) that the Department of Justice -- that is, the Solicitor General -- respond to a petition for rehearing filed over the summer in a case which the Court had declined to review on June 29, 2012 -- the day after it issued its controversial decision in National Federation of Independent Business, et al., v. Sebelius upholding Obamacare as a valid exercise of Congress' power to tax.

Just what is the significance of that request? A procedural history is essential here, in order to place the matter into context...

Mitt’s Character, and Presidential Virtue
While voting is currently rather academic for me since I haven’t naturalized yet, I’ve been following U.S. politics with a certain amount of bemused interest since I first came here almost ten years ago. To an Aussie, American politics are strange, indeed.

Leaving aside my astonishment at levels of institutionalized corruption that leave me stunned, and at an equally shocking disregard of constitutional protections if the target is sufficiently despised, I find the U.S. insistence that the president be a paragon of virtue distinctly odd. Australian culture is heavily affected by being the offspring of a collection of political prisoners and petty criminals — the base assumption is that anyone going into politics is either already corrupt or highly corruptible. Add this to an Australian distrust of anything professed loudly, and you end up with people who are pretty good at figuring someone out based on what they say or don’t say and how they behave.

So despite my initial cynicism towards all the Republican candidates, I find myself warming towards Mr. Romney the more I see of him. Mostly this is because what he’s done is generally more admirable than what he says...

ABC Removes Romney’s Opening Speech from Debate Transcript
ABC News, on its website that claims it represents the whole transcript of last Wednesday’s debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, decided that they would help Obama out once again. This time, they did it by completely removing Romney’s opening statement. The last two sentences of Obama’s opening statement were cut as well as the initial part of his response to Romney’s opening statement, but it is Romney’s statement that was cut in its entirety...

The Obama Levee Breaks
President Obama might think sagging polls are his biggest post-debate problem. But it's really people like Buzz Bissinger, Stacey Dash and Bill Maher showing it's now acceptable in polite society to attack The One...

Ryan to reporter: Don’t stuff words into my mouth: Video
...Actually, Camp mischaracterized this in two different ways. First, Ryan was providing responsive answers to the gun questions. Camp was asking broad, philosophical questions, not specific questions on proposals or individual laws, and Ryan was providing philosophical answers. Second, Camp tells viewers at the beginning of the clip that the interview ended badly when he began asking about gun violence — which is patently untrue, as the video shows. It ended badly when Camp tried to connect gun violence to tax cuts, and Ryan and his team called him out for it while the cameras were still running. In fact, when Ryan challenges Camp for “stuffing words in my mouth,” Camp can’t even come up with a defense … even though his microphone is still hot...

Sesame Street received $1 mil stimulus bill grant – created “1.47″ jobs
This grant was brought to you by the letters “A” and “R” — as in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the “stimulus bill.”

Sesame Workshop, the independent nonprofit corporation that produces the popular childrens’ program Sesame Street, received a $1,067,532 stimulus bill grant in August 2010, via the Department of Health and Human Services...

Scrolling around...October 9, 2012

The Anchoress: Stop Being Excellent!
I’ve said it for years: With socialism, excellence is always set aside for shared mediocrity. The idea appears to be that since it’s hard to achieve excellence for everyone, it simply should not be attempted; everyone should be satisfied with something lesser.

We see the truth of it played out here. Rather than try to replicate the good stuff this Lunch lady is achieving throughout the school system, they just tell her to cut it out. Stop being excellent!...

Albert Mohler: Two Rival Religions? Christianity and Post-Christianity
...Looking back over the last century, Kainz argues that Marxism and ideological Liberalism have functioned as religious systems for millions of individuals. Looking specifically at Marxism, Kainz argues that the Marxist religion had dogmas, canonical scriptures, priests, theologians, ritualistic observances, parochial congregations, heresies, hagiography, and even an eschatology. Marxism’s dogmas were its core teachings, including economic determinism and the “dictatorship of the proletariat.” Its canonical scriptures included the writings of Marx, Lenin, and Mao Tse Tung. Its priests were those guardians of Marxist purity who functioned as the ideological theorists of the movement. Its ritualistic observances included actions ranging from workers’ strikes to mass rallies. The eschatology of Marxism was to be realized in the appearance of “Communist man” and the new age of Marxist utopia.

Similarly, Kainz argues that modern secular liberalism includes its own dogmas. Among these are the beliefs “that mankind must overcome religious superstition by means of reason; that empirical science can and will eventually answer all the questions about the world and human values that were formerly referred to traditional religion or theology; and that the human race, by constantly invalidating and disregarding hampering traditions, can and will achieve perfectibility.”

Kainz also argues that contemporary liberalism has borrowed selectively from the New Testament, turning Jesus’ admonition to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s,” as a foundation for “absolute secularism,” enshrined in the language of a wall separating church and state. Thus, “religion [is] reduced to something purely private.”...

Science Over Politics: Nobel For Adult Stem Cell Work
British and Japanese researchers have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for showing how to create embryonic stem cells without using human embryos in a genuinely promising line of research.

For decades now, embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) has been trumpeted as the most promising avenue of research, and those who had moral qualms about using human embryos were dismissed as Bible-thumping troglodytes who stood in the way of making the lame walk...
This year's Nobel Prize for Medicine was shared by a Briton and a Japanese who respects the dignity of the human embryo.

UK: Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards
Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today...

Do you want your goat scruffy or shiny?-Socialized medicine might seem free, but it comes with hidden costs
According to a West African proverb, "a goat owned in common always starves." This pithy phrase captures a key truth of human behavior: People are a lot better about taking care of things that belong to them than they are about taking care of things that don't...

Russian Christians Demand Apple Change 'Offensive' Logo to Cross
Christians from Russia's Orthodox community are demanding that the country's Apple division remove the famous half-bitten apple logo from its products and replace it with a cross, because they find the apple image offensive to their beliefs...

Your Professor Made You Do What?!?
...In another case, a Missouri professor required his social work class to send an advocacy letter to the state legislature supporting a controversial social issue. A student disagreed with the letter and refused to sign it. The professor charged her with a university ethics violation. Like the situation in Los Angeles, that is unlawful retaliation...

UK: Children branded as ‘Nazis’ for opposing same-sex marriage
School children as young as 12 who disagree with same-sex marriage have been branded as “Nazis” and “bigots”, a senior Roman Catholic official has said.

John Deighan said there is an increasing level of ill will against “very young people” because of their views about such issues...

RU 486 Anniversary: 17% of Abortions Involve Dangerous Drug
...There have been doctors adding chemical abortions to their practice, but not in the numbers that the pill’s promoters had hoped. Statistics reported by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute for 2005 and then 2008 indicate that perhaps as many as 150-160 new doctors are doing chemical abortions since 2000. From the pro-abortion perspective, this was important because it partially offset what would have been significant losses to the ranks of abortionists. However, with abortion numbers overall down a little or staying about the same at 1.2 million a year, the typical new abortionist’s caseloads are not likely to be that large...

Nine in ten Scots ‘living off state’s patronage’
Almost nine out of 10 Scottish households take more from the public purse than they contribute in taxes thanks to a “rotten system” of state patronage, the Tory party conference will hear on Monday...
and Scotland’s vitality was the envy of the world...The Scots were a nation of strivers, until the state promoted a toxic dependency culture...

One in five Americans reports no religious affiliation, study says
One-fifth of U.S. adults say they are not part of a traditional religious denomination, new data from the Pew Research Center show, evidence of an unprecedented reshuffling of Americans’ spiritual identities that is shaking up fields from charity to politics.

But despite their nickname, the “nones” are far from godless. Many pray, believe in God and have regular spiritual routines...

Bankrupt California: No money for crumbling roads, but billions for high-speed rail
...California has the nation’s highest gas taxes and fuel prices, and the tightest supplies — and reputedly one of the worst-maintained infrastructures, with out-of-date, overcrowded, and poorly maintained freeways. When I head home each week from Palo Alto, I feel like an Odysseus fighting modern-day Lotus Eaters, Cyclopes, and Laestrygonians to reach Ithaka, wondering what obstacle will sidetrack me this trip — huge potholes, entire sections of the freeway reduced to one lane, or various poorly marked detours? If the nation’s highest gas taxes give us all that, what might the lowest bring?

Although the state is facing a $16 billion annual budgetary shortfall, Governor Brown is determined to press ahead with high-speed rail — estimated to cost eventually over $200 billion. Such is his zeal that he intends to override the environmental lawsuits that usually stymie private projects for years...

Supreme Court of Canada rules you don’t have to tell your sex partner if you have HIV
In a landmark decision last Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that people who are HIV-positive do not need to tell their sex partners they have the disease, as long as they have low levels of the virus and use a condom during sexual intercourse...

Sugar can disrupt basic brain function
Though you might feel a strong inkling toward loading up on sugary snacks during final exams or those last few hours of work, that might be a bad idea. Binging on sugar for as little as six weeks can actually make you dumber.

Researchers at UCLA have found that a diet high in sugar can disrupt the memory and learning functions of the brain, while omega-3 fatty acids can actually counteract said disruption.

High-fructose corn syrup, in particular, creates problems. The liquid is six times sweeter than cane sugar and, as you've probably heard, commonly added to soft drinks and processed foods. The average American actually consumes more than 40 pounds of this stuff every year...

The Brick Bible: Turning Jesus Stories into Lego Scenes
Brendan Powell Smith says he was “shocked” by what he read in the Bible as a philosophy and theology student in his twenties. And as the most popular book in the world, he couldn’t fathom that most people weren’t aware of the Bible’s stories. “People look to the Bible as a moral guide, but don’t really know it well,” he says. That was a situation he figured he could fix. With Legos...

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The Flight from Hell
...The modern flight from hell usually takes one of three forms: outright denial, passive indifference, or—indirectly—belief in universal salvation. The latter has become increasingly attractive to certain Christians, for it allows them to declare their full belief in hell and its eternity while at the same time promote the idea (even though they cannot guarantee it) that no one actually goes there. An empty hell is nothing to fear, or spend one’s life trying to teach about, or avoid... image