Methodist Bishops Table Policy Change on Homosexuality United Methodist bishops have tabled a proposal that would have loosened restrictions in the church's mostly conservative policies on homosexuality. --by Kevin Eckstrom of Religion News Service at the PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly website 5.10.07
Storm victims praise churches
Louisiana residents gave churches higher marks than government agencies in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and most prefer that the federal government control rebuilding funds rather than local officials, according to a Louisiana State University study.
On a scale of one (not effective) to 10 (very effective), residents gave churches the highest mark of 8.1, and New Orleans city agencies and state agencies received the lowest rating of 4.6. –by Audrey Hudson, from her article in The Washington Times 12.02.05
College Course Equates Creationism with Mythology
The University of Kansas will offer a course in creationism next semester, but before you encourage your student to sign up, check out the title: “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and other Religious Mythologies.”
Paul Mirecki, chairman of the religious studies department, said one motivating factor was the recent Kansas Board of Education decision to teach the flaws in the theory of evolution. “The KU faculty has had enough,” he said. “Creationism is mythology, intelligent design is mythology. Its not science. They try to make it sound like science. Its clearly not.” –submitted by Mark Zaveson from an unidentified source.
Time to Rethink the Religious Right Stereotype
A recent report published by the National Bureau of Economic Research provides penetrating insight into the role of religion in America. Outside coverage from ABC News, however, the report hasnt received the attention it deserves. In the report, Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Jonathan Gruber identifies a correlation between the frequency with which a person attends church and that persons income.
According to Gruber, a household that attends church with twice the level of frequency as another household has 9.1 percent more income. Grubers paper highlights some other interesting findings, according to ABC News: “That extra participation in religious activity correlates with 16 percent less welfare participation than the usual rate, 4 percent lower odds of being divorced and 4.4 percent increased chances of being married.”
Gruber does not claim to have established causation through his study. He only notes the correlation.
ABC News pointed out some additional findings by other researchers not included in Grubers study, and when combined with Grubers findings, they begin to paint a new image of the average American churchgoer: “Ã¢â‚¬Â¦religious participation correlates with better health and lower levels of deviant or criminal behavior. Further, attending religious services weekly, rather than not at all, has the same effect in individuals self-reported happiness as moving from the bottom quarter of the income distribution (that is, people who are poor or near poor) to the top quarter (the well-to-do.)” –excerpted from an article by Patrick Hynes, at www.townhall.com 11.28.05
The Freedoms We Fight For
The unheralded Islamist assault on free speech.
Last month, Islamic radicals threatened to kill actor and Muslim convert Omar Sharif. Sharif had recently played St. Peter in an Italian TV film and spoke highly of the role, saying that he “seemed to hear voices” during filming and that “it will be difficult for me to play other roles from now on.” Although Sharifs comments seem innocuous, they prompted a death threat. According to the Adnkronos International news agency, a message on a web forum which has been used by al Qaeda in the past linked to another website that threatened Sharifs life. The website containing the threat said, “Omar Sharif has stated that he has embraced the crusader idolatry. He is a crusader who is offending Islam and Muslims and receiving applause from the Italian people. I give you this advice, brothers, you must kill him.” –excerpted from an article by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross in The Daily Standard, at The Weekly Standards website www.weeklystandard.com 11.28.05
Muslim Mob ‘Terrorizes’ Children in Indonesian Sunday School
Approximately 30 Christian children fled in panic after a mob of Islamic militants raided and vandalized their Sunday school class, which was being held in a private home last weekend in Curug, Indonesia, according to a Christian group called Voice of the Martyrs (VOM).
The violence came less than a month after three teenaged Christian schoolgirls were attacked and beheaded as they walked through a cocoa plantation on their way to school. One girl’s severed head was reportedly placed in front of a church, eight miles from where the bodies were found, in what locals viewed as a stark warning to Christians. –by Sherrie Gossett CNSNews.com Staff Writer, 12.02.05
Now, there’s proof: Men, women different
Attention, Dr. Frankenstein, and maybe Gloria Steinem: There are girl brains, then there are boy brains. But theres not one generic human brain, no matter what hand-wringing feminists may insist in their quest for sexual equality.
Some stark new clinical evidence shows that men and women are just not the same upstairs. “The comedians are right. The science proves it. A mans brain and a womans brain really do work differently,” a research team from the University of Alberta in Canada announced yesterday.–by Jennifer Harper, from her article in The Washington Times, 12.02.05 (Duh! Lots of time and money goes into this type of “research” when the differences are intuitively obvious to the casual observer – RAV.)
Self esteem and ignorance
Someone once said that the most important knowledge is knowledge of our own ignorance. Our schools are depriving millions of students of that kind of knowledge by promoting “self-esteem” and encouraging them to have opinions on things of which they are grossly ignorant, if not misinformed. –Thomas Sowell, from his column Random Thoughts at www.townhall.com 11.29.05
The more times change the more things seem to remain just about the same
I find that there are three stages in all religious movements: the first is the fighting stage, when people are few and humble, and lean on God for support. At that stage they all fight and try to overthrow the teachings of men, as the Jews did as recorded in Deuteronomy 7.
The second stage is the stage of greatness; we become strong and respected and want fine houses and big schools like the sects around us. The Jews reached that stage when they rejected God and wanted a king (and to) to be like other people.
The third stage is the age of compromise, when we dont want the differences between the church of Christ and the denominations debated, for fear that we will hurt someones feelings. I fear the church of Christ is in the third stage today, and will be followed by spiritual death if some change does not come. –J. D. Tant, from a letter printed in The Gospel Advocate Magazine January 5, 1928.
The Left wants your children. Its committed to liberating them from parental authority and Judeo-Christian moralityÃ¢â‚¬”to build a world that very much resembles a Roman orgy or, worse, San Francisco. The courts are determined to abolish the family. Citizens who havent been neutered should be marching on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, with flaming brands in hand, carrying tar and feathers. At a conference on judicial tyranny, a gentleman was heard to remark: “Most of these people just want to impeach judges. I want to impale them!” Wheres Vlad Tepes when you really need him? –Don Feder as posted at www.federalist.com The Patriot No. 05-48, 11.28.05
Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson