From Earthtimes: "Austrian-born California "Gubernator" Arnold Schwarzenegger inspires more trust among Austrians than Pope Benedict XVI, a survey presented on Friday said.
The pope's index on the trust study...was 33, Schwarzenegger's 34. Both were beaten hands down by the Dalai Lama, who leads the ranking with an index of 49, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (35).
The Tibetan spiritual leader's position comes as no surprise to OGM head Wolfgang Bachmayer, who said: "The Dalai Lama is regarded as a cheerful promoter of peace."
Jesus Christ was admittedly not a "cheerful promoter of peace" nor should his followers be. Rather, He is Truth --which the world rejects. As Christians we can expect no better treatment than He received--that is-- if we are indeed practicing our Faith. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26)
It has raised the ire of many Australian leaders including Prime Minister John Howard who described it as "gratuitously offensive".
BUT--Surprise! Muslim leaders are not taking offense to the Blessed Virgin Mary donning a burka.
"...Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Ikebal Patel said the statue was "not at all offensive", because both the Virgin Mary and Jesus were revered figures in Islam.
"So [Mary wearing a burqa is] no different to how our mothers and sisters are expected to be modest in their dressing," he said.
On the other hand, Mr Patel said he was affronted by the image of bin Laden's face blending into that of Jesus, who is deemed a prophet in Islam.
"You have a revered prophet of Islam being equated to Read More...
It has been estimated that more than 85% of women of child-bearing age are using artificial contraception. If this is accurate --- it should come as no surprise that the vast majority are blinded to the evils of contraception, and why the Blessed Virgin Mary stated that "souls are falling into hell like snowflakes". Humanae Vitae predicted this eventual institutionalization of artificial contraception which would be forced upon the populace by wicked regimes such as the Chinese government. We are now only beginning to see the devastation that man's scheming against the natural law can cause. The tyranny will not end here. Perversions, abuse Read More...
From IOL: "A botched abortion in which a healthy twin foetus was terminated instead of its sibling with Down syndrome has reignited the abortion debate in Italy and raised allegations of eugenics.
"The abortion was performed on a 38-year-old woman in Milan in June, but news of its outcome has only recently become public. Doctors blamed the mistake on movement of the foetuses between the examination and the abortion.
Serious questions are now being raised about the increase of abortions for the Read More...
Randy and Paula White are a husband wife team of pastors who attracted tens of thousands to Without Walls International Church--a 22,000 member mega-church. The White's built their multi-million dollar evangelical empire by offering what they called "the perfect church, for those who aren't."
"[T]he perfect church for those who aren't" message catapulted Paula White to international stardom as a televangelist and author.
But at Thursday night's service, they announced plans to end their 18-year marriage.
Both have been divorced Read More...
A relative of mine began attending the tapings of the show "The One True Faith" at St Michael's Media in Detroit and has truly enjoyed them. Here is a sampling of their work. They are committted to the Church and seem dedicated to re-evangelizing the fallen away.
The U.K. has introduced government sponsored and supported "civics-religion" lessons which teach Western values from the Koran. The Labor government hopes this pilot program in Bradford will eventually spread to other cities, and help "assimilate" and "integrate" the country’s Muslims into British culture. The program is meant to replace the tedious, and hard-core religious lessons now taught in mosques. Those lessons emphasize rote learning of the Koran, and are taught by imams who were born in Pakistan. It is estimated that 100,000 school-age Muslim children attend daily religious classes after school in mosques in Britain.
The program was written by a Bradford teacher, Sajid Hussain, 34, who submitted proposed lesson plans to imams which were ultimately rejected. “They were perhaps a little too frontal,” Hussain said.
How "frontal" were the lesson plans that were rejected by the imams?
"In one example, the students were to be asked what they would do if a friend bought a large quantity of fertilizer and announced he planned Read More...
Unfortunately, Larijani's criticism is not entirely without merit. Due to the mass apostasy from the Christian Faith in the West, the Vatican and more importantly the Church, has become no more than an old discarded decoration and a vestige of the past. Only when our Faith becomes more than mere decoration, will our eyes be opened to the devastation that Islam poses to our civilization.
'The US cannot by force impose the American way of life on Islamic societies, as democracy on the basis of secularism would not work (in the Islamic world)...Islam is not just a decoration in our lives, contrary to the West where the Vatican is decoration,' Ali Larijani, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, said in a meeting with religious scholars in Tehran.
FP: Why do you think there is so much that the West actually doesn’t know about Islam? Why the impulse to deceive oneself?
Davis:The first is a natural if unwarrantable reluctance to face the very uncomfortable reality that there is an entire civilization seeking our subjugation under nothing less than a totalitarian system of government, i.e., Islamic (Sharia) law.
The second reason I believe is the persistence of the multicultural myth that all peoples, religions, and civilizations are morally equivalent...The unhappy truth is that the jihadists are, to a great extent, acting Read More...
The recent advice from a dissident cleric in the Netherlands who suggested that peace between Islam and Christianity could be obtained by calling our Lord and Savior "Allah", is not only futile but wicked. While this cleric seeks to compromise the Word of God to appease the violent and heretical, God's people are perishing for lack of knowledge of the power and value of Jesus' name. God does indeed care what we call Him
St Paul tells us that "Jesus" is "a name above all names".
And that "in the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend in Heaven, on earth and in Hell" (Phil.2:10).
Further "there is salvation in the Name of Jesus and...there is no salvation in any other name except that Name." (Acts 4:12.)
But why is Jesus name so powerful?
Because He is God made man. The incarnation is a mind-boggling concept that is unique to Christianity. That the Creator of Heaven and Earth would actually humble Himself to not only become one of us, but willingly sacrifice Himself to appease the Father for our transgressions is beyond comprehension without Read More...
The lengths that cerrtain nations will go to in order to persuade their citizenry to discard their birth control, and cooperate with natural law is growing more bizarre everyday, and is beginning to sound like something out of a science-fiction novel.
"Alexei Bezrukov and his wife, Yulia, won a 250,000 ruble (US$10,000, €7,316) cash prize in June after she gave birth to a baby boy, Andrei. Bezrukov said patriotism wasn't their motive for having a child, their third, although the money was welcome."
"Russia, with one-seventh of the Earth's land surface, has just 141.4 million citizens, making it one of the most sparsely settled countries in the world. Due to a low birthrate and very Read More...
MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Congress of Families expressed satisfaction that the British Broadcasting System (BBC) has finally acknowledged...that Europe is being enveloped in demographic winter.
According to a BBC report broadcast earlier this month, "Population levels across many parts of the developed world are declining, but this is particularly noticeable in former Eastern Bloc states, where the number of children being born has plummeted within a generation." The BBC noted that "In 1974, 100,000 babies were born in Slovakia – now barely 50,000 Read More...
"Lawyers have told the Roman Catholic Church that it cannot sack a Catholic headmaster who has entered a civil partnership with a male teacher.
"The Archdiocese of Liverpool has been unable to take action against Charles Coyne, the head of St Cecilia's primary school, who has registered a partnership with Richard Jones, who is believed to work at a nearby school.
"The couple, who live together, had a reception in a parish centre.
"Local Catholics and family campaigners have urged the authorities Read More...
SPAIN: THREATS AGAINST CATHOLIC CHURCH OVER CRITICISM OF PRO-HOMOSEXUAL INDOCTRINATION OF SCHOOL CHILDREN
Socialist Gregorio Peces-Barba Martínez, threatened the Catholic Church with a "new status" if it didn't stop attacking his new "Education for Citizenship and Human Rights" program for Spanish schools.
"...Peces-Barba expressed outrage at the bishops' opposition to his plan, accusing them of "an extreme arrogance, a sensation of impunity and an insufferable sense of superiority, derived from the fact that they administer 'superior truths'" Read More...
This past weekend a non-Catholic relative informed me that since her husband refused to have a vasectomy she was going to get "fixed". Never mind that you cannot fix something that is not broken, and that fertility is not a disease to be surgically removed--I will not digress into this realm today. We had a long discussion about artificial contraception and I ended up giving her an armload of books and pamphlets in an attempt to convince her of the evil of artificial contraception.
She stated over and over that she was happy with her two children and did not WANT more. When I spoke of the cross of Christ and how we must take it up to be His follower -she stated that she was living life "abundantly" and was "all about grace". She said we aren't supposed to make ourselves miserable here and that God wants us to be Read More...
This is quite a bit of fun! Go make one yourself!
"Wilders wrote in the newspaper De Volkskrant that the Koran urges Muslims "to oppress, persecute or kill Christians, Jews, dissidents and non-believers, to beat and rape women, and to establish an Islamic state by force."
"The lawmaker's statement was condemned by the Dutch government, which said Wilders had hurt community relations in the Netherlands and was an insult to the majority of Muslims who eschew violence."
Also in the Netherlands, an Iranian born politician, Ehsan Jami, who heads a Dutch group for "ex-muslims", and who had previously called Mohammed a "terrible man" was attacked for a third time this weekend. From the Scotsman:
"Mr Jami, 22, was set upon by three assailants of non-Dutch origin Read More...
"According to Victorino Mayoral, a Socialist lawmaker... involved in crafting the course, [says] students will receive a mix of ethics, civics and study of human rights. "[T]he course will cover issues ranging from domestic violence to dangerous driving...But the course will also deal with issues like gender, sexuality and the family, and the church is up in arms.
"Catholic bishops say the new course usurps the family's freedom to shape a child's morality and will impart values that in some instances diverge radically from [Christianity]. The [bishops have] called on parents to protest the new syllabus by any legitimate means, and several bishops have called for a boycott."
In an open letter to his parishioners in July, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, archbishop Read More...
Two blocks of bars and restaurants leading up to the Colosseum will now be closed to traffic from 9pm to 2am, Thursday to Sunday, and officially designated as a recreation ground for Rome's homosexuals.
Rome's alderman for equal opportunities, Cecilia D'Elia, said: "We hope this street becomes a meeting place during the Roman summer, a place to promote Read More...
"Marriage-lite" would apply to couples who have cohabited for at least two years or who have a child together. Couples could choose to opt out of the scheme. Upon splitting up, cohabiting couples would be liable for financial payments and maintenance, similar but not as extensive to divorce settlements.
There are a few who see the light on "marriage-lite":
"A plan to give cohabiting couples greater legal rights is likely to wreck the sanctity of marriage, a Sussex MP has said."
"...MP Nick Herbert said the new "financial remedies" for couples who part company would result in a form of Read More...
The Bishops lodged an appeal to the High Court after the Broadcasting Standards Authority rejected their complaint against the so-called "Bloody Mary" episode which aired last year, claiming it breached standards of good taste and decency.
The High Court dismissed the appeal, saying the bishops' sense of outrage is not shared by the wider community. To add insult to injury the court ordered the Catholic Bishops to pay the Defendant broadcaster's costs amounting to $8,000.
Yet outrage apparently exists at a Pace University student, Stanislav Shmulevich who flushed the Koran in a University toilet after admittedly having a disagreement with some Muslim students. Shmulevich was arrested and charged with two felony counts of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree as a Hate Crime.
It is inconceivable in the midst of today's pervasive militant atheism, relativism and cultural self-loathing that flushing Bibles would result in prosecution. In fact as Michele Malkin recently stated: if [Shmulevich] had Read More...
"On Jul. 16, Vogeelar said that the Netherlands should in the future be home to a "Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition." The following day, the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands (RMMN) released a statement, saying the minister’s comments showed a 'great deal of courage.'"
Earlier this month, integration min Read More...