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Some Things Said… (Aug 05) (3)

Alec Baldwin to Be Given PETA Award

Alec Baldwin will receive the Linda McCartney Memorial Award at PETA’s 25th anniversary gala in Hollywood , Calif. , on Sept. 10. Two years ago, Baldwin narrated a short documentary, “Meet Your Meat,” for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that helped lead to policy changes at Burger King, PETA said. The animal rights group said the video helped persuade Burger King to sever its ties to slaughterhouses that fail unannounced audits and to lend support to the Humane Slaughter Act. The company is now working with PETA to promote its veggie burgers nationwide, PETA said in a statement Monday to The Associated Press. –from the AP 08.23.05

And then there is this…

Paul said to the centurion and to the soldiers, “Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved.” Then the soldiers cut off the ropes of the boat, and let her fall off. And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, “This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is for your health: for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you.” And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat. And we were in all in the ship two hundred threescore and sixteen souls. Acts 27:31-37

It’s all relative

What does abstinence mean? When did it become a bad word? And how can comprehensive sexuality educators teach about abstinence when everyone has a different idea of what it means? This interactive workshop will demonstrate the importance of helping young people create personalized definitions of abstinence and apply its meaning to decisions in their lives. –2005 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Conference description for “Making Sense of Abstinence,” a presentation by Bill Taverner, editor of the American Journal of Sexuality Education and director of the Center for Family Life Education, as listed at www.federalist.com

Romans 1:19-22

Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools…

Scientists Speak Up on Mix of God and Science

At a recent scientific conference at City College of New York, a student in the audience rose to ask the panelists an unexpected question: “Can you be a good scientist and believe in God?”

Reaction from one of the panelists, all Nobel laureates, was quick and sharp. “No!” declared Herbert A. Hauptman, who shared the chemistry prize in 1985 for his work on the structure of crystals.

Belief in the supernatural, especially belief in God, is not only incompatible with good science, Dr. Hauptman declared, “this kind of belief is damaging to the well-being of the human race…” –excerpted from an article in The New York Times by Cordelia Dean, 08.23.05.

Christian versus Materialist…

The Christian and the Materialist hold different beliefs about the universe. They can’t both be right. The one who is wrong will act in a way which simply doesn’t fit the real universe. Consequently, with the best will in the world, he will be helping his fellow creatures to their destruction. –C S Lewis, as listed at www.federalist.com

Three Cheers for the Syrians . . . The ones who just left the National Council of Churches.

Last month, for the first time in years, a member denomination withdrew from the National Council of Churches (NCC). The spunky, 400,000-member communion is the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America , and its decision to quit the reflexively left-wing NCC was based on a unanimous vote of clergy and lay delegates.

According to one church spokesman, a recent NCC fundraising letter helped spark the departure. It asked supporters to fight “right-wing attacks” on the controversial church agency. The letter named President Bush, Rush Limbaugh, James Dobson, and the Heritage Foundation as insidious forces that must be opposed.

“It got to be too much,” Antiochian spokesman Rev. Thomas Zain told Ecumenical News International. The NCC, said Zain, has “lost its goal of Christian unity on a doctrinal basis. The goal seems to be including everybody and [promoting] niceties.”

Homosexuality, increasingly the bellwether issue that divides religious traditionalists from liberals, was also a big factor for the Antiochians. The Episcopal Church and United Church of Christ, both pillars of the NCC, have largely accepted same-sex unions and openly gay clergy. –by Mark D. Tooley, excerpted from his article in The Weekly Standard 08.29.05, Volume 010, Issue 46

Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson