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May 23, 2013
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, the atheists?” Even the atheists. Everyone!…We must meet one another doing good. “But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!” But do good: we will meet one another there.
Pope Francis, proclaiming that even non-believers will be redeemed by Christ, as long as they “do good” (not all Christians subscribe to this theory). source
13:51 // 1 year ago
April 6, 2013
Part of Republicans’ problems and, frankly, to tell you the truth, some in the evangelical Christian movement, I think have appeared too eager for war. When people come to me and they’re lobbying for ratcheting up some bellicose policy –- even if it’s a bad country — I tell them: When I read the New Testament, and when I read about Jesus, he wasn’t really involved in the war of his days. …Blessed are the peacemakers, not blessed are the warmakers.
Senator Rand Paul • Delivering a unique criticism of the GOP’s traditional posture on military and war policy, in an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network. Demonstrated in Paul’s criticism is his ability both to appeal to and alienate varied ideological groups simultaneously — his anti-war ethos may be no doubt appealing to traditionally left-wing political watchers, but his invocation of personal faith to justify a secular public policy may not. Conversely, many on the right-wing admiring of Paul’s evident reflection on Jesus’ example may be rankled by, relative to the modern state of the GOP, a thoroughly unorthodox plea for peace. source
19:04 // 1 year ago
July 6, 2012
15:16 // 2 years ago
April 30, 2012

Dan Savage freaks out room full of high schoolers with Bible-bashing talk

A preview of the week’s big controversy: Dan Savage, editor of recent Pulitzer winner The Stranger and creator of the “It Gets Better" project, spoke some trash on the Bible and what it says about homosexuality at a recent high school journalism conference. People started walking out. Savage didn’t stop. In fact, he made a point of keeping witty and joked when he was done that the people walking out could come back inside. Problem is, folks don’t have a sense of humor and are calling on Savage to apologize — Savage did, but only for people who were offended, not for the comments themselves. Our take: Have they read this man’s advice column? This is tame.

8:16 // 2 years ago
March 21, 2012
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The funeral of Pope Shenoda III. The late Coptic Pope’s body was displayed for mourners at the Abbasiya Cathedral in Cairo for days. (by Mosa’aberising)

Fascinating that they justlet him lie in place for so many days.

journalofajournalist:

The funeral of Pope Shenoda III. The late Coptic Pope’s body was displayed for mourners at the Abbasiya Cathedral in Cairo for days. (by Mosa’aberising)

Fascinating that they justlet him lie in place for so many days.

18:58 // 2 years ago
February 21, 2012
All I know is under Obama, President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries. Islam sees him as a son of Islam… I can’t say categorically that (the president is not Muslim) because Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama.
The Rev. Franklin Graham • Speaking on “Morning Joe” this morning about Obama’s faith. Hey, next time you feel like making a statement like this, Franklin, CALL YOUR DAD. He will lead you in a better direction that this sort of dividing fearmongering.
21:15 // 2 years ago
May 21, 2011
0:22 // 3 years ago
April 24, 2011
One of the deacons returned to his home last Friday afternoon and the police came to ask him if he planned to attend the Easter Sunday service. He said yes, so the police said from this moment, you cannot leave this house. I spoke to him an hour ago, and he was still not able to leave the house.
Shouwang Church member Kathy Lu • Describing what happened to one of the deacons before an attempted Easter service — authorities put him under house arrest. He and hundreds of others, in fact. But what’s absolutely bizarre is that while authorities arrested much of Shouwang Church’s congregation, the nearby Haidian Christian Church — which is state-sanctioned — was able to hold a service without any problems. The split emphasizes some big differences between the two churches — since Shouwang doesn’t tow to China’s regulations, it is “undergound” — a type of church that as many as 50 million Chinese people may take part in. We realize China has an atheist government and everything, but limiting this sort of free expression arbitrarily seems silly. source (viafollow)
11:23 // 3 years ago

Christians in China arrested for trying to hold Easter service

  • 20+ people arrested in Beijing for holding an Easter service source

» The church expected this to happen: With China’s officially atheist government completely at odds with any sort of religious celebration, Shouwang Church’s senior pastor, Jin Tianming, appeared ready for retribution for his church’s decision to hold an outdoor mass on Easter. “This is our uncompromising position and a matter of faith,” he said. “If they arrest our followers, this is the price we are willing to pay.” While you guys think of cute bunnies and Easter Eggs, keep in mind that people are still fighting for their right to celebrate this holiday. (UPDATE: We just threw up another post with more context.)

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11:06 // 3 years ago
January 19, 2011
If anyone from other religions felt disenfranchised by the language, I want to say I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone in any way.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley • Giving one of those non-apology apologies we kinda sorta love after he decided to throw all non-Christians under the bus in his first speech as governor. Hint: Anytime anyone says “I am sorry if I offended anyone,” it means they’re not apologizing for their stance, but for putting it in the public sphere for the dogs to pick at. Here’s a word of advice for Mr. Bentley: Like the brand of cars that shares your name, stay elegant and classy. And also, do things that make people of all cultures and walks of life – even rappers – like you. Set the standard for others to follow. Just a tip from your friendly news bloggers. source (viafollow)
20:43 // 3 years ago