It's worse that the Church made that necessary. These are dark days for the Catholic Church, particularly in the United States. Of Pennsylvania's eight Catholic dioceses, seven reported receiving subpoenas this week from the Justice Department, marking a major development in the state's growing involvement in the clergy sex-abuse scandal.
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Brooklyn witches place hex on Brett Kavanaugh. The Witches of Bushwick upheld their promise to "hex" Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday night, carving his name into a black candle, dousing it in "Revenge Oil" and then setting it on fire in a private ceremony in the Brooklyn neighborhood. The goal was "exposing the fact that he's a crook," explained witch Dakota Bracciale, The Shreveport police department announced it will stop hosting prayer vigils after the Freedom From Religion Foundation claimed they violated the constitution. The organization also demanded that the police department cease its chaplaincy program.
City Attorney William Bradford responded to the complaint saying that while the police department will stop hosting prayer vigils and simply allow officers to attend other vigils independently, they will not stop their chaplaincy program. The Annals of Incivility. On the incivility front, the enraged rage. There are no limits. No bounds. No rules and no constraints. Unfortunately, it isn't even funny anymore.
It's a direct threat to democratic institutions. Kevin Williamson reports on what he calls "The Witches of Bushwick," a group of witches, duh! Tell us about the party of love and empathy. The hex will also include all rapists and the patriarchy. Democrats don't even hide their evil anymore. National Council of Churches urges Kavanaugh's nomination be withdrawn. The National Council of Churches, a partnership of 38 Christian faith groups in the United States, is urging for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to be withdrawn, citing his temperament and demeanor before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
Pelosi spent much of her press briefing addressing the controversy surrounding the explosive Senate Judiciary Commitee hearing where Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault, testified on Thursday. It's always puzzling to hear a lying, baby-killing Democrat invoking prayer and asking for divine intervention to advance his or her political ambitions. School faces attack over post-game prayer for coach's daughter. It's a mighty sad day in America when professional football players can take a knee to protest the national anthem, but high school football players can't take a knee to pray for a sick little girl.
The little girl is hospitalized fighting a serious illness. A victim of sexual abuse himself, Father Paul John Kalchik announced his intention to burn the sacrilegious flag in protest on the parish website. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, we will burn, in front of church, the rainbow flag that was unfortunately hanging in our sanctuary during the ceremonial first Mass as Resurrection parish," he wrote.
The flag wasn't just hung in the church but placed in front of the hand-carved crucifix from Germany on the altar. A Northwest Side priest has been removed about a week after he burned a rainbow flag outside his church.
Protesters had been demanding Cardnial Blase Cupich take action against the Rev. Paul Kalchik after he ignored the cardinal's warning and burned a rainbow flag with a cross on it on Sept. Kalchik had been at Resurrection Church since Before he took over at Resurrection, the flag hung inside the church.
UW-Madison students demand more inclusive ice cream. Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are demanding more "inclusive" ice cream at the university-owned Babcock Hall Dairy Store, arguing that current ingredients in some of the store's products are discriminatory toward certain religions. Eight members of the Associated Students of Madison put forth a resolution last week declaring that Babcock ice cream, which uses beef gelatin, discriminates against the school's Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and vegetarian communities.
The resolution, titled "Ice Cream for All," would formally demand that the university administration "acknowledge the marginalization of having the official campus Ice Cream not be inclusive to religious students on campus. The Texas Supreme Court originally ruled in favor of the Kountze Cheerleaders in an decision in Pope urges clean up of plastic waste from oceans.
Access to drinking water has never been a right. Texas cheerleaders win a victory for freedom of religious expression. There are two hard and fast rules in life: don't mess with Texas and don't mess with Texas cheerleaders. The action by the state's highest court all but ends a more than five-year legal battle that garnered support from Texas' two Republican U. Super Eid Is Here. Harking back to the Super Bowl hosted at the stadium earlier this year, the organizers are calling the event Super Eid.
Animals will be sacrificed at an undisclosed location off site in connection with the festivities. Animal sacrifice is apparently still a thing in Islam. Zaman is the executive director of the local chapter of the Muslim American Society. The MAS and Zaman are red flags. Hamas is the Brotherhood's Palestinian branch. According to Wikipedia , "As of March , the overall budget [for U. Satanists unveil Baphomet statue at Arkansas Capitol.
A large Satanic statue featuring the goat-headed deity Baphomet was unveiled during a protest at the Arkansas State Capitol. The Satanic Temple placed the bronze statue at the capitol during a First Amendment protest on Thursday, while calling for the removal of a Ten Commandments monument permanently mounted on Capitol grounds. An illegal alien is accused of an "unprovoked and brutal stabbing" at a market in California last month. There are witnesses and other evidence. The man has a criminal record and was deported seven times.
They keep coming back because they know it's safe in the sanctuary state. Pope Francis has amended the Catechism of the Catholic Church to reject the death penalty. Whether this is an appropriate Catholic stance is for Catholics to decide. But the complete elimination of the death penalty would undermine the social order of modern states, in my view.
An eye and a tooth can be requited by monetary compensation that was the meaning of "an eye for an eye" , but not a life. The rabbis of the Second Temple period set an extremely high hurdle for the death penalty and declared that a court that ordered a single execution in a hundred years should be considered cruel. Somewhat off-topic Does an imam pray before the meal? Is nothing said about Islam after everyone has had lunch? New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo D. Church doctrine formerly accepted the death penalty in some instances if was "the only practicable way" to defend life.
Cuomo, who penned an op-ed against capital punishment in for the New York Times , tweeted out a story about the Vatican's decision along with his own announcement. Catholic Church changes teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases.
The Roman Catholic Church formally changed its teaching on Thursday to declare the death penalty inadmissible whatever the circumstance, a move likely to be criticized in countries where capital punishment is legal. A politician who makes a political speech in an all-black church is a hero, but a politician who makes a political speech in an all-white church is a racist.
Maxine Waters D-Calif. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New Jersey Sen. Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, would add to the court since he was vetted by the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, two conservative organizations. Board of Elections says Wilson's cash giveaway didn't violate rules. The millionaire businessman said Sunday's appearance at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church was nothing more than "one of the biggest property tax relief assistance" events of the year and the kind of thing he's done before.
The owners of a Pennsylvania farm have been ordered by the Sewickley Heights Borough to cease and desist holding Bible studies on their private property. Borough leaders accused Scott and Terri Fetterolf of improperly using their acre farm as a place of worship, a place of assembly and as a commercial venue. They were served a cease-and-desist order in October , the Post-Gazette reported.
They were priests, wearing clerical dress, carrying Trump signs and seated near the front.
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Such things at presidential events overseen by the Secret Service do not happen by accident. Video of the full rally is available [elsewhere]. Virtually anything about Donald Trump gets his critics excited. Maxine Waters, among others, has urged Trump opponents to publicly confront members of his Cabinet and supporters over administration policies. In one sense, the ostentatious presence of four Roman Catholic priests in religious garb was a silent sign of opposition to the opposition.
Holding the view that people are born male or female is now a theological belief? Do you see how radical this is? Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberal government have just committed a major political blunder which in the long term will hurt Trudeau and his Liberal party in their re-election efforts.
Trudeau and his Liberals have started a process of developing, issuing and then passing a law which will give preferential treatment to Islam and all followers and adherents of Islam in Canada over all other Canadian religious groups, including Canadian Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, just to name a few of the major religious faiths practiced in Canada. It is clear Trudeau, the PMO office and the full Liberal Cabinet are strongly behind this very controversial legislative initiative. Conservative journalist Laura Loomer drove to Orlando to report on the event, which was described on the flyer as being open to the public.
Besides being a public event, the event was hosted at a taxpayer-funded Florida middle school, which gives any member of the public and the press the right to come on the property. Former President Jimmy Carter, in a new interview with the pro-abortion Huffington Post, said he thinks Jesus would be okay with some abortions.
Specifically, carter thinks Jesus would accept killing babies in abortions in cases of women who are victims of rape or incest. Open Borders Left dominates Episcopal Church meeting. In June of last year, we learned that Episcopal Migration Ministries, which is not a separate non-profit organization but is embedded in the Episcopal Church itself, is The church receives millions of dollars annually from the US Treasury! So, as you read the following news, keep in mind that your money pays for political activities of the Episcopal church.
The church one of nine federal resettlement contractors held a regular gathering of the faithful in Austin, Texas and Trump immigration and refugee policy was the 'premiero' topic of discussion. What a surprise! In Minnesota, the city of Bloomington's Human Rights Commission sent the Iftar invitations to civic employees and even suggested that women should conform to Islamic religious dress code rules this instruction was deleted after complaints were circulated. The city's human rights division provided an official email address for processing reservations.
Contrary to the perception that these civic-sponsored Iftars are communal dinners and cultural experiences,they were embedded with worshipful practices. Imams offered religious platitudes and exhortations both in Arabic for benefit of Muslims and English. All of these items seem to fly in the face of Supreme Court rulings suggesting government may not endorse a sect or religion and may not participate with a faith group to the point that an observer would perceive that the government was favoring or sponsoring that religion.
The generous partnership in these Iftar events certainly looks like the "excessive government entanglement" that courts love to criticize when it is Christian entanglement at issue. The leaders of a Christian church in Indianapolis have proven their complete lack of Bible literacy by creating a display featuring Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus in a cage to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policy.
Only, Joseph and Mary were not immigrants , so the whole absurd display is Biblically ignorant. Christ Church Cathedral in Indianapolis placed a cage made of a chain-linked fence on its lawn and then put the usual nativity scene of statues of Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph inside as a way to represent the Holy Family being detained by Donald Trump's immigration authorities.
Indianapolis church locks up Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus to condemn immigration policy. An Indianapolis church made a bold statement on a lawn near Monument Circle Tuesday morning, placing statues of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus inside a fence to condemn the current immigration policies. The church's dean, Steve Carlson, said the campaign is to bring awareness to and condemn the United States' zero-tolerance immigration policy.
Joseph and Mary were not homeless. They were forced out of town by Big Government. And if "every family is holy," what do we need churches for? Pastor under fire for high school football devotional. The Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers, was enraged by the devotional and accused the preacher of proselytizing. Endorsement of religion in general is not the same as the establishment of a specific state religion. Pastor: Keep killing babies because I hate Trump. The headline of his piece in the Washington Post is "Overturning Roe v.
Wade isn't worth compromising with Trump, my fellow evangelicals. Which just so happens to be the pre-eminent moral concern of the Word of God, [ Father of three takes sanctuary at Seattle church to avoid deportation. He said he felt fear and anxiety driving to the church for sanctuary to avoid deportation. Churches are considered "sensitive locations" by U.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE , which means they are generally not allowed to conduct enforcement operations there. The judicial war on God and the Declaration of Independence. Poor North Carolina just can't get a break. It appears that the state's original concerns about joining the federal union in have been proven correct. Over the past year, the Fourth Circuit has nullified the state's voter integrity laws; federal, state, and even county-level political maps; and gender sanity laws. Now the court has banished God from county government prayers. And the vote wasn't even close.
This once conservative panel voted to banish God from the public square. This week, the Church is celebrating Freedom of Religion week. You'll see the little flags if you walk past one of the churches. John the Baptist confronted Herod we are supposed to confront and oppose a president who "has had more than one wife" and who "mistreats the least powerful and smallest of our people" to enjoining us to come to church a great deal and have daily mass for the week, to celebrate Freedom of Religion Week.
Hillary Clinton and the separation of church and state. The concepts of religious liberty and of the infamously quoted but incorrectly applied "separation of church and state" are lost. Whether they are irrevocably lost remains to be seen. Religious liberty means that you have the right to worship as you wish and there will be no law instituted by Congress to stop you or compel you. Even when religious liberty is correctly cited by some in politics, they often still believe there is a "separation of church and state," which they cite, for instance, when a conservative politician decries abortion.
I almost feel guilty when I criticize the garbled economic thoughts of Pope Francis. After all, he was influenced by Peronist ideology as a youngster, so he was probably a lost cause from the beginning. Moreover, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell have already dissected his irrational ramblings on economics and explained that free markets are better for the poor.
Especially when compared to government dependency. But since Pope Francis just attacked tax havens, and I consider myself the world's foremost defender of these low-tax jurisdictions, I can't resist adding my two cents. Cynthia Nixon calls ICE 'terrorist organization,' says it should be abolished. Nixon made her remarks at a church on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where an illegal immigrant is taking sanctuary after being threatened with deportation after she failed to show a driver's license during a traffic stop by ICE agents. Leaders of the Catholic church are criticizing the Trump administration over its border protection policy, saying that separating mothers who illegally come into the US from their children is 'immoral'.
One of the leaders of the anti-Trump march is Rev. Three march organizers were spiritual advisors to President Barack Obama while one counseled President Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal and later endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in Christ Church in Alexandria, Va. It has welcomed Democratic and Republican presidents. Lee were members. Stone plaques commemorating them adorn a wall. Then last year, Richard Spencer, the leader of a white nationalist organization, rented office space in Alexandria.
Several parishioners organized protests outside his office, which became bimonthly events. The church released a written statement denouncing white supremacy, and later decided to remove the plaques honoring Washington, who owned slaves, and Lee, who led the Confederate Army. What would happen if the world took Pope Francis's advice via a tweet? Then let's ban all weapons so we don't have to live in fear of war," said the pontiff.
With the appointment of Pope Francis in , the Church intensified its portrayal of Islam as "a religion of peace" as well as its dissembling about the motivating ideology of jihad terrorism. An Islamist leader even thanked Francis for defending Islam against accusations of violence. The pope has warned that limits exist to freedom of expression and, in blatant denial of Muslim terrorism, claims instead that all religions have their violent individuals. Rather than serving as a defender of Christianity, he has enabled and abetted the persecution of Christians.
A soldier just got authorization to wear a beard because of his Norse pagan faith. But the directive, technically, applied to all religions. And that includes Norse pagans, also known as heathens, according to an undated memo from the 14th Military Police Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. On Saturday, the Greenwood Lakes Middle School in coordination with Muslim community groups in Orlando hosted a Syrian sheik who has called for the killing of gays and all Jews.
When Loomer approached the table to enter the event, organizers and an official from CAIR refused to admit Loomer and her cameraman into the event, and they were threatened with arrest by officers from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. State-Enforced Paganism in America. The New Paganism utilizes the powers of the State, particularly the law and the courts, in order to change the foundations of a Christianized West and to promote paganism, even barbarism, as the basis of Western society. Barbarism then seeks to use the State to achieve an iron and tyrannous order, beginning with crushing dissenters like Christians, who believe they are to obey God rather than the State.
The first stages of the facilitation of the New Pagan society are achieved by a welter of restrictions against Christians. To promote unrestricted human will, particularly as regards sexual behavior and the self-definition promulgated by the transgender movement, inevitably means Christians who protest must be completely restrained by multifarious regulations and restrictions. Such restrictions include a push to exclude Christians from holding public office and increasingly deprive them of freedom of speech. Even Sunday worship has been hijacked by leftists to trash Trump.
My brother asked the pastor of his all black church to please stop including a lie-filled Democrat-talking-points rant about Trump in his sermons. A special grant from Denver Public Schools has allowed Doull Elementary to pilot a program where they trade out detention for Yoga.
Yoga is Buddhism. This is a government school teaching Buddhism. Muslims gets special use permit to build mosque in Coldwater. Mayor Tom Kramer said the project "is no different than the other 30 churches we have in town. The Muslim population is a very important part of our community. A politician, or anyone else, who sees no difference between a mosque and a church is an uninformed and incompetent doofus.
A new mosque might "make the area look nice," if you have no idea what goes on inside. In the same way, one could construct an abortion clinic that looks like a bank, or a whorehouse that looks like a library, and shallow-thinking city officials would be happy with it. A Wisconsin fourth grade school teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School removed "Christian symbolism" from her classroom after an atheist parent complained. Catholic Bishop Says Sen. Because Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. Richard Durbin, whose residence is in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. North Carolina mom begins serving jail sentence for baptizing daughter.
A North Carolina mom started serving a week-long jail sentence for having her daughter baptized, according to reports. The baptism at St. Clearwater City Council candidates mum on Scientology's impact downtown. Seat 5 incumbent Hoyt Hamilton answered in code. Who is "they"? Which people are not being honest? Asked in a later interview if he was referring to the Church of Scientology, which cut communication with city officials last year over a property dispute, Hamilton confirmed he was.
So why didn't he come out and say that? Atheists complain about gospel music at MLK Day celebration. The good people of Hobbs, New Mexico are under siege from a Wisconsin-based group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers who are angry that gospel songs were performed during a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program. King and promoting unity within the community," Freedom From Religion Foundation legal fellow Christopher Line wrote in a letter to city leaders. The FFRF [Freedom From Religion Foundation] is on a crusade to expunge religious expression from the public square, and the group gets the meaning of "separation of church and state," a phrase that appears nowhere in the Constitution, all wrong.
This isn't the first time the FFRF's target has been high school football. Attendance was voluntary, and the students who attended did so on their own time and of their own free will. A Christian teacher in Bristol was fired and reported as a "radicalisation threat" after she answered questions from pupils about her beliefs, an employment tribunal has heard.
Svetlana Powell was dismissed from the T2 Apprenticeship Academy in Bristol in July after leaders at the government-funded college said students had been offended by comments the teacher made. Texas school district wages legal war against Christian cheerleaders. For the past six years a Texas school district has been waging legal warfare against a group of high school cheerleaders who wrote Bible verses on football run-through banners.
Earlier in the week, the Satanic Temple argued a case before the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf of "Mary Doe," a woman who says the state violated her right to religious freedom when she went to get an abortion back in Was the pastor speaking 'Truth to Power' or needlessly politicizing the pulpit? When he ascends the pulpit, what is the pastor's role? To single out a single person in the audience? Or to speak eternal truths to the entire congregation?
We wonder if he would have spoken quite so boldly if it were proven that the known liar and political opportunist Dick Durbin made the whole thing up, or twisted the comments into something far more damning than they really were. Obama Center reps visit churches to spread the word.
I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of being lectured by Pope Francis about migrants and refugees. In his latest message on the subject, he suggested national laws strictly controlling the influx of migrants and refugees is akin to "hostility" and "sin. If so, how many? And, if he has, why is he limiting the number? Vatican City is considered a sovereign nation-state. It is a wealthy one that considers its own security seriously. Why would the pope lecture other nation-states about immigration policy without first setting an example with his own?
Caving into the demands of a terrorist front group, the City of Atlanta Detention Center in Georgia is allowing female Muslim inmates to wear a head scarf hijab used as a symbol of modesty in the Islamic dress code. Hats and other head covers are banned in American state and federal prisons for security and safety reasons. Making an exception to this rule to appease followers of one religion sets a dangerous precedent.
Besides, the Quran doesn't require Muslim women to wear a hijab. The cover is optional and those who wear it do so willfully as an act of worship. Is there a single Democrat anywhere who [cares] about America? Not only did the IRS methodically delay targeted applications for non-profit status but they also interrogated the applicants with lengthy and frivolous questionaires. In one case, the agency asked a pro-life group to list "the content of their prayers".
Both probes resulted in no criminal charges, although there was overwhelming evidence that key officials in the IRS had conducted politically motivated targeting of these groups. But a two-headed scandal of significantly more import was about to be revealed. Corinne Brown asks for prison reprieve. Slated to report to prison Jan. Circuit Court of Appeals that seeks to keep her out of prison while an appeal is pending. The request is based on what will be a key issue in the appeal: whether U. District Judge Timothy Corrigan improperly removed a juror who said during deliberations that the "Holy Spirit" told him Brown was not guilty[.
Isn't that interesting. Trump and "a system which builds walls instead of bridges". Paul Bayes, a senior figure in the Church of England, also appeared to argue that backing "rightwing populism" could be incompatible with biblical teaching. A Louisiana parent is suing her daughter's school district, alleging it is violating the Constitution by "promoting and inculcating Christian religious beliefs.
It documents more than 30 alleged incidents at Webster Parish School District facilities in northwest Louisiana. The liberal media is horrified. Americans are getting to keep more of their hard earned money. Foolish Dems have set themselves up for tax cut blowback. Unlike foreign policy or regulatory reform, people pay much more attention to their personal experience than to political rhetoric.
In fact, voters care so much about the economy that they will see that the Democrats have been blowing smoke at them. The contrast between the positive personal results and the extreme rhetoric of Democrats opposing it will come home to voters in a very personal way. Dear Left Wing Grinches, This is why we just can't take you seriously. You are an embarrassment to your country and, quite frankly, to your families. I'm talking about what's happening to state Senator George Logan.
He's a Republican from Ansonia, Connecticut, and he's long been known for his charitable work. So what is it that triggered the Godless left this time? He rang a bell outside a Walmart in nearby Naugatuck for the Salvation Army, which is a Christian denomination that asks for donations to help poor people. The gentle ringing of faith was enough to trigger the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Nancy Pelosi, religious leaders reach deep into teachings to preach against GOP tax plans. From America's Catholic bishops to prominent Christian pastor Jim Wallis, congressional Republicans' push for an overhaul of the tax code has been called nothing less than ungodly.
Augustine in attacking the bill and saying it would signify Armageddon. Wallis led a protest against the tax plan at the Hart Senate Office Building, reading Bible verses before he was escorted away by Capitol Police. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a lengthy attack on the tax bill, adopting most of Democrats' predictions and criticisms of the Republicans' plans to cut tax rates on most Americans. More about Mr. Wallis here. Rush founded the Beloved Community Christian Church, a nondenominational Christian church, in Chicago in with the intent of helping disadvantaged people in his community.
Maxine Waters was a guest of Teen Vogue and was interviewed about why she's calling on young teens to resist our president. This sick behavior by a grown woman smells like sedition. California Gov. Jerry Brown D says President Trump's stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the "wrath of God" or have any regard for the "existential consequences" of his environmental policies. Brown, who studied to become a Jesuit priest prior to entering politics, has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration.
So what else is new. But, they never tell the public that piece of important information when they wail about federal refugee policy changes. Nevada church wrongly barred from flier handouts at school district, legal watchdog says. A cadre of attorneys has asked a Nevada school district to reverse their decision in preventing a church from sharing fliers with their students for community events. The lawyers with First Liberty Institute and Michigan-based law firm Lipson Neilson sent a letter to the Lyon County School District in Yerington, Nevada, and demanded that they allow their client, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, to have equal participation rights in the school's community flyer distribution plan.
The district allows all other sorts of community organizations to hand out fliers to both parents and students about extracurricular events and activities, but a new policy has forced Calvary to remove all religious references or stop distribution altogether. The Church of Scientology has a strategic alliance with law enforcement, former believer Leah Remini said, one that potentially diverts scrutiny over matters like the multiple rape accusations made against church member Danny Masterson.
Terrorism-affiliated Muslim group gets taxpayer cash. Columbus, Ohio, inaugurated a defense fund in taxpayer money for illegal immigrants facing deportation. Founded in by three Muslims from the Middle East who propagandized for the terrorist organization that eventually became known as Hamas, CAIR became in a co-conspirator in a federal terror-finance case involving the Hamas front group known as the Holy Land Foundation.
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Scrooge atheists want no blessings for animals. For the past few years, an animal shelter in Teterboro, New Jersey has posted a note on Facebook saying it was hosting a blessing of animals. The blessing, performed by a Catholic priest, is a tradition in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. But this year, for the first time, someone complained.
Enter American Atheists. It was so angry that it actually went into federal district court to stop Fido from being blessed. Militant atheists have moved beyond just protesting Nativity scenes at government buildings and are now suing to prevent clergymen from blessing homeless animals at a humane society. According to NJ. In a federal suit, the group claimed the Teterboro shelter's event, where a Franciscan reverend blesses the animals, violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Public grade school shuts down 'illegal' Bible study. That's the new commandment at Hudsonville Elementary School in Michigan. The school district shut down a lunchtime Bible study for fifth graders that was led by a teacher. McKinney ISD superintendent faces criticism for leading prayer during convocation.
A group of parents furious over the superintendent leading a prayer back in August continued their fight during Tuesday's school meeting. There have also been complaints about religious displays in classrooms. The topic was not on the agenda, but a select group of parents were so upset about it that they showed up and signed up to speak about it during public comment. The district says it is reevaluating prayer at school events and hosting school events at churches.
John Lewis D-Ga. The Johnson Amendment, a tax code provision dating back to , states that c 3 exempt organizations do "not participate in, or intervene in including the publishing or distributing of statements , any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Pope blasts 'shortsighted human activity' for global warming. Pope Francis is blasting "shortsighted human activity" for global warming and rising sea levels and is urging leaders at climate talks in Germany to take a global outlook as they negotiate ways to curb heat-trapping emissions.
He decried in particular the state of oceans, where overfishing and pollution by plastics are threatening fish stocks and sea life that are critical to Pacific livelihoods. Al Sharpton to lead prayer service for Rep. Frederica Wilson. Al Sharpton will lead a prayer service to honor Rep.
Wilson FL in prayer as she continues to be a voice for the voiceless," a statement from Wilson's office read. She says she has twice applied for U. There's just one problem. She doesn't want to say the last four words of the citizenship oath. As an atheist, she objects to "So help me God," claiming that the phrase violates her right to religious freedom. So she filed a lawsuit. How churches die. There's a saying attributed variously to Robert Conquest or John O'Sullivan that "any institution that is not explicitly right-wing will become left-wing over time.
Blacks Trashing Trump from the Pulpit. My brother Jerry is a deacon in his all-black church. Jerry called to tell me he confronted his pastor, telling him it is unchristian to include a hateful rant against Trump in every sermon. His pastor firmly believes Trump is a rabid racist. I asked Jerry, "What was your pastor's response? Condescendingly, Jerry's pastor said he understood his concerns.
Meanwhile, his attacks on Trump from the pulpit continue. Jerry said every guest speaker at his church includes trashing Trump in their sermon. Walton called the NRA a "domestic terrorist organization" during a speech at the campus's Memorial Church. Walton's remarks were made available as a blog post on Harvard's website. Judge-king 'strikes down' cross on Pennsylvania county flag. Ever since Judge Roy Moore won the Republican Senate primary in Alabama, there has been endless virtue signaling and handwringing over his "dangerous" disregard for court rulings.
Following Osborne's passing, the community decided to erect a memorial bench in his honor. The bench was placed next to the Randolph Henry High School baseball field, as Osborne loved the sport. Federal judge tells Pennsylvania county to drop the Christian cross from its seal. A federal judge has ordered a Pennsylvania county to remove the cross from its seal, saying it violated the Constitution.
Smith made it known in his ruling that he was not happy about the decision he had to make but was following the rule of constitutional law, including the establishment clause, which states that Congress may not pass any laws establishing a religion. Leftists Never Fight. The obvious problem has been discussed extensively; namely the Constitution specifically says that one can't have a religious test for office. Hence the Democrat's "no Catholics need apply" rule is a clear rejection of the Constitution and the rule of law.
Many if not most of those vote Democratic because the media hides from them what the leadership does; that's why Democratic voters don't know that Hillary was waging a war on the Catholic Church and evangelicals in saying that they were unfit to serve in office unless they put aside their pro-life positions. It saddens me that Pope Francis refuses to recognize the pro-life intentions and actions of President Trump.
The president has made good on his promises to pro-life voters, starting on his first day in office with his restoration of the Mexico City Policy, which he later expanded. Federal funds can no longer pay for abortions overseas. And there is more, not the least of which is the presence of Justice Neil Gorsuch on the U. Supreme Court. But rather than applauding the president's actions, Pope Francis has attempted to co-opt the meaning of "pro-life" to include his preferred immigration policies. For Democrats, no Catholic guilt. By now it's hardly a surprise that so many national Democrats have nothing but contempt for Roman Catholics.
But what is surprising is that they no longer even bother to hide their distaste for devout Christians. Last week, at a Senate confirmation hearing for a Roman Catholic woman up for an federal appellate court judgeship in Indiana, Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. Is it even remotely possible that Feinstein would have asked, say, a Muslim, if he believed any of the more militant, shall we say, passages in the Koran? Dianne Feinstein for a "chilling" line of questioning she posed to a professor at the Catholic university during a judicial confirmation hearing this week.
Court of Appeals for a district encompassing Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. During the hearing, Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, asked Barrett about the religious themes of her past scholarly writings and speeches. Democrats give away the Rust Belt by alienating Catholics. A clip of Martha Plimpton's exuberance over the "best" abortion she ever had played out on the television overhead of a gas-station counter somewhere along U. As he flew near Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma on his way back to the Vatican from Colombia on Sunday, Pope Francis said that political leaders and others who denied climate change reminded him of a passage from the psalms about man's stubbornness.
Trump's commitment to issues of life because of his plan to strip undocumented immigrant children of protections from deportation, the pope urged those who denied climate change to consult scientists who had clearly determined it was real and that humanity would "go down" if global warming was not recognized and addressed. Dianne Feinstein and the Anti-Catholic Bigots. It came out, thanks to the WikiLeaks disclosures during the campaign, that Hillary Clinton's aides were trading nasty notes about Catholics, calling them "severely backwards.
American bishops appointed by Pope Francis didn't make a peep about Hillary's anti-Catholic bigotry for the simple reason that they share it. They, too, see believing Catholics as "severely backwards. Patrick McGrath, the bishop of San Jose, California, used propaganda from the Hillary campaign as his crib notes, penning a ludicrous column to parishioners in which he said that Donald Trump "borders on the seditious.
In response to the grilling by Sen. Diane Feinstein D-Calif. Barrett is a law professor at the University of Notre Dame who has written about the role of religion in public life and delivered academic lectures to Christian legal groups.
Drawing on some of these materials, Feinstein launched a thinly veiled attack on Barrett's Catholic faith, asserting that her religious views will prevent her from judging fairly. Wade , a ruling that Feinstein supports so vociferously that she has even called it a "super-precedent.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein Calif. Set into place by the Obama administration in , DACA grants permission for unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U. To qualify, they must have entered the country before the age of 16, have resided in it continuously since June of , and have committed no serious offenses and pose no threat to public safety. About , immigrants, frequently referred to as "Dreamers," currently benefit from the program. The United State Department of Justice has issued subpoenas to force a Christian pastor in Virginia to disclose under oath his views on Islam.
Pastor Steve Harrelson of the Mt. The subpoena demands his presence to testify under oath in response to questions from Justice Department lawyers about his views on Islam as well as several other issues. Pastor Hillary? A recent article in The Atlantic magazine, entitled "Hillary Wants to Preach," suggests that Clinton, a lifelong Methodist, has for years harbored a dream of being a minister. The former Democratic candidate took comfort from the words of Rev Bill Shillady who told her that 'blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness'.
Hillary Clinton's pastor compared her election loss to Jesus' death and resurrection. Hillary Clinton's pastoral adviser urged her to keep her head up following her unexpected Election Day loss in November and compared the election to Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified. This is not the devotional you wish to receive this day. We all have Fridays. But, as the saying goes, 'Sunday's coming! Atheists 'appalled' by White House Bible study. For months, secular organizations say they have unsuccessfully lobbied the president to make an effort to reach out to America's nonreligious community.
Now, revelations of a weekly Bible study group in the Trump White House, regularly attended by high-ranking Cabinet members, has free thinkers up in arms. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling the Bible study group disturbing, scary and maybe even an illegal use of taxpayer funds. In short, get off your knees and get to work. While conservative lower court judges always feel bound to "precedent," liberal lower court judges have no problem violating precedent and established practice.
Former President Jimmy Carter predicted the U. Carter's comments come in the midst of ongoing GOP efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare with more conservative legislation. The photo was roundly criticized. William Barber II. The "extremist Trump Republican agenda" takes health care from the poor and transfers it to the wealthy, he argued.
Obviously this "Reverend" is merely a political activist. His arguments fall apart under a few seconds of contemplation, if you can endure that much. For example, the government does not take health care from the poor and transfer it to the wealthy. Exactly the opposite is true. The government taxes the wealthy and gives the loot to the poor, in exchange for their votes. Christians as 'Willfully Ignorant'. Marcelo Figueroa paints an offensive caricature of conservative Christians in the United States as politically ambitious racists who promote an "ecumenism of hate" and long to impose a theocratic state.
The page opinion by the 4th Circuit U. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. Supreme Court in coming months. The appeals court ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of non-Christian residents who claimed they felt excluded by the prayer. The First Amendment makes no guarantees about your feelings.
But it does guarantee the free exercise of religion. Where There's Smoke, There's Leftism. Those quotation marks around "hate group" are to indicate that the ADF was designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing hate group that uses its hate-group lists to slander conservatives. In fact, the ADF is defending religious people's rights to opt out of performing tasks that violate their consciences, and Sessions' speech was in support of that.
So the left thinks Western civilization is racist, "jihad" means spiritual struggle, and freedom of conscience is hateful. Please recall that the media never had any trouble when Hillary Clinton made lucrative speeches and then declined to release the text. As a reminder, The pope and Trump have voiced their differences with each other in the past. When asked in about then-candidate Trump's proposal to build a wall along the U. Trump called the religious leader's comments "disgraceful. I just see everybody as human beings like me. And then all of a sudden I'm a racist?
His crime? Religious discrimination, according to the tribunal. The tenants were planning to move out of his rental home, and he says he gave the couple the required hours notice that he would be showing the apartment to another tenant. They told him not to come while they were praying, and to text first. He agreed. But when they stopped answering his text messages, he showed the apartment. Rumor has it that the Governor of Pennsylvania is allowing this shady sale which appears to involve collusion with and within the shady Muslim group.
It's okay to decorate a police car with rainbow flags, but not Bible verses. It's permissible in the United States to decorate police cars with rainbow flags to celebrate gay pride, but it's not permissible to decorate police cars with Bible verses honoring law enforcement officers. The Houston Police Dept. Police Chief Art Acevedo is downright giddy about the new rainbow cruiser and the parade. The Communist Cardinals of Pope Francis. Congress that Marxists had infiltrated Catholic seminaries. But who doubts the long march of the Marxists through the Church now?
Missouri originally denied funding to Trinity Lutheran Church based on its status as a religious institution, but its defenders argued that this constituted religious discrimination. Other private schools were eligible, but Missouri's constitution has an amendment forbidding public funds for religious organizations.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion and explicitly said that denying money for religious reasons is unconstitutional. Supreme Court rules in favor of congregation in Missouri church-state case. Writing for the majority in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia vs.
Comer, Chief Justice John Roberts proclaimed that Trinity was "asserting a right to participate in a government benefit program without having to disavow its religious character. In dissenting from the Supreme Court's decision that Missouri cannot discriminate against a Lutheran church that sought to compete in a state grant program that paved playgrounds with material made from recycled tires, Justice Sonia Sotomayer argued that the court's opinion "would mark a radical mistake.
Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts, joined in full by liberal Justice Elena Kagan, concluded that a state government could not categorically deny churches that have playgrounds from competing with other institutions in the state grant program. Cross in Pensacola park must come down, violates Constitution federal judge rules. District Judge Roger Vinson wrote in his ruling. What is the name of that law, and what does it actually say?
President Donald Trump's pick for the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director post was grilled not for his budgetary principles, but for his Christian faith by former Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. The soft bigotry of Denver's public pooping laws. Also, urinating in public.
Camping on public or private land without permission. And lying across public rights-of-way, such as sidewalks. Here in Aspen, the Democrat sheriff for the county recently announced that he doesn't like a set of federal laws duly enacted over the course of decades by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed by both Democrat and Republican presidents. Therefore, he boasts, he won't cooperate with the enforcement of those laws.
Atheists demand town remove church welcome signs. A group of perpetually-offended atheists, agnostics and freethinkers are threatening to sue a small Wisconsin town because of two welcome signs. The signs obviously were not intended to welcome members the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Former Vice President Al Gore is now telling his climate disciples that God commands us to go forth and fight global warming.
Engaging in some advanced publicity for his new global warming film spectacular, "An Inconvenient Sequel," Gore told Interview Magazine that God didn't create global warming and wants us to fix it. In his comments, Gore equated the fight against global warming to a religious-based, moral crusade similar to the civil rights fight, women's suffrage, and the abolitionist movement during the Civil War era.
Gore insisted that it is a moral imperative to fight against climate change. Notice how quickly politicians bring up theology when it's used as leverage. And while God was in conversation with Mr. Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders applies a religious litmus test to Christians in public service positions, but when it comes to applying the same standard to Muslims, the Vermont senator claimed that they should instead be judged by their "views [and] abilities" instead "of their religion.
Don Rosenberg is the father of a young man who was killed by an illegal alien initially held on criminal charges by police, who chose to release the alien to the streets rather than into the hands of immigration agents who wanted to initiate proceedings to deport him. It was this failure that led to the son's death.
It happened in San Francisco, that model of progressive thinking, which has more than once done this with similarly disastrous results to its innocent citizenry. Rosenberg is among a distressingly large and diverse group of families who have faced similar tragedies.
He is now the face of a public service announcement slamming sanctuary jurisdictions, and asking President Trump to make good on his campaign promise to halt federal funding for these jurisdictions. Terms of the agreement were made public Tuesday, about a week after Bernards Township voted to settle lawsuits brought last March by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and in November by the Justice Department. Pelosi says Trump 'dishonoring' God in global warming decision. Maura and Jim were very welcoming.
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