Let’s take another look at Christianity

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If the West discards its Christian heritage, little will remain to protect innocent human life

by Max Polak Mar 8 2017 published in the mercatornet.com
We are frequently reminded that ours is a post-Christian era. There is some basis for this — but only in the depopulating West. In China, India and Africa, Christianity is on the rise.

But what about those places where it isn’t? Is it irrelevant? Hardly. People who criticise Christianity don’t complain because Christians are attacking them with car bombs. They should remember that the core principles of Western society are Christian. Continue reading

In Age of Relativism, Christians Should Remind Ourselves: ‘This is the Truth. Deal With It.’

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By JIM TONKOWICH Published on March 8, 2017 on the Stream.org

The satirical Babylon Bee website hit it out of the park with this headline: “Culture In Which All Truth Is Relative Suddenly Concerned About Fake News.” The Bee “quotes” one man expressing his concern and goes on, “‘It just doesn’t seem right that they can publish stuff that’s just blatantly not true,’ added the man, who also noted his firm belief that everyone has the right to define their own version of truth.”

If all of the furor about “fake news” resulted in showing people Continue reading

Most College Humanities and Social Science Programs Have Become Enemies of Freedom and Reason

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By JOHN ZMIRAK Published on March 9, 2017 on the Stream.org

In the wake of the riots that have silenced free speech on one campus after another, it is clear that few colleges or universities still offer a real liberal arts education. Nor have most even lapsed into simple careerism, aiming solely at getting students ready to support themselves and their families. That would be bad enough, a grim decline from the reason that the Church created the first universities back in the Middle Ages: forming the “whole person,” as West Point still aims to do.

No, things are much worse than that. The reason that most students go to college is Continue reading

Yes, Childhood Sexual Abuse Often Does Contribute to Homosexuality

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By MICHAEL BROWN from Stream.Org

What do Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, George Takei and Milo Yiannopoulos have in common? They are all out and proud gay men, and they were all sexually abused as underage minors. Sadly, this is an extremely common occurrence, as there is frequently a connection between childhood sexual abuse and adult homosexuality.

To say such a thing, of course, is to invite a hailstorm of Continue reading

Pastors: Please talk about America to your congregations

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In social media and other forums we have recently observed numerous commentaries from Bishops, Priests, and Protestant Ministers alike, advocating for all ministerial leaders to abstain from delivering messages regarding America or our elected officials.   While the Johnson Amendment of 1954 prohibits churches and other not for profit organizations who enjoy a tax exempt status from actively endorsing political candidates there is no legal prohibition enjoining ministers from such activities when they do not represent a religious organization that is tax exempt. However apparently some ministers feel that regardless of the legal ramifications we should not “preach” on matters of the world, but rather focus exclusively in our ministrations on topics of spirituality.   Ironically some of these same ministers who would never discuss political concerns also never recluse themselves from discussing ideology and or identity politics.

In our context as shepherds or even stewards, we certainly should Continue reading

Bashing liberals, Muslims and millennials: Has this pro‑Trump priest gone too far?

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By Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Peter West, an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump, doesn’t shrink from calling it as he sees it.
Posting on Facebook and Twitter up to a dozen times a day, he has repeatedly railed against Muslims, calling moderate Islam “a myth” and voicing strong support for the president’s travel ban, which temporarily barred immigrants from seven majority‑
Muslim countries before a judge issued a stay last week.
West has assailed millennials as “snowflakes” who attend “cry‑ins” and described liberals as “smug and arrogant” people who find solace in puppies and Play‑Doh.

He has called Hillary Clinton an Continue reading

Europe’s Islam problem and U.S. immigration policy

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by Shannon Gilreath January 19, 2017 on the Washington Blade…

I come from the American Left. I am a feminist. I am a gay rights activist. These commitments form the core of my professional and personal life. Consequently, the argument I am about to make for tighter U.S. controls on the immigration of Muslims may surprise some readers. It shouldn’t. Islam is endemically antithetical to the well-being of gay people—primarily the people about whom and for whom I write. American liberals don’t want to hear this argument, however, because they share, ironically, with American conservatives a rather unreflective commitment to the defense of religion at all costs. Conservatives think the answer to most any problem is their religion. Increasingly, liberals seem to think that the answer is simply more religion—something they like to call diversity.
Because I am a lawyer, evidence matters to me Continue reading

WHAT’S WRONG WITH SLAVERY AND RAPE?

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From the Catholic League

  • Bill Donohue comments on media reaction to a speech given by Georgetown professor Jonathan Brown on February 7, on the Catholic League dot org.
  • Brown, a professor from Georgetown University publicly rose to the defense of slavery and rape, and not a single major media outlet—with the exception of a blogger on the Washington Post website and a brief posting on foxnews.com—has said a word about it. The absence of outrage is not hard to figure out: Jonathan Brown’s defense was limited to Islam.
  • Brown, a convert to Islam, holds an endowed chair in Islamic studies at Georgetown. The Jesuit-run institution has a wealthy benefactor in Saudi Arabia, a nation which bans Christianity.
  • If slavery doesn’t exist in Muslim-run nations, why the need to justify it? “Slavery cannot just be treated as a moral evil in and of itself,” he opined. He really means it. “I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us.”

Read the rest of this commentary by Bill Donohue at the Catholic League

The Return of the Black Robed Regiment.

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Some observers, having taken a bit of romantic license, compare the conditions of contemporary times to those situations the classic fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien created in his Lord of the Rings trilogy.  This highly successful series was written as a sequel to his first “Middle Earth” novel The Hobbit but eventually developed into a much larger work. Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling novels ever written, with over 150 million copies sold. [1]

The evil dark Lord Sauron, the principal antagonist of the story, had in a past era created one ring to rule all the rings of power he had given to the kings, human, Elf, and Dwarf alike; this was his plan to one day conquer all of Middle Earth by controlling the minds and desires of those wearing the aforementioned rings.

In the final installment, The Return of the King, all seems to be lost as Sauron’s armies largely comprised of Orcs—nightmarish, malevolent, Goblin like monstrosities created by Sauron’s Wizard—have overrun the land and appear to have no obstacles standing between them and the ultimate victory of destroying human kind and establishing Sauron’s kingdom.  It is at this point that the rightful heir to the throne of Gondor realizes that to save mankind he must leave his self imposed exile and rally the remaining forces opposed to Sauron.

Those observers first mentioned above, use this story of Tolkien’s as an Continue reading