Some thoughts on the five stages of religious persecution | Charles Pope at the Archdiocese of Washington

    Charles Pope at the Archdiocese of Washington: It is rare that a respected segment of American life would become vilified and hated overnight. The usual transformation from respect to vilification goes in stages which grow in intensity. And hereby the Church, once a respected aspect of American life, along with the Protestant denominations has become increasingly marginalized and hated by many. It may help us to review these stages of persecution since it would seem that things are going to get more difficult for the Church in the years ahead. Generally there are distinguished five basic stages of persecution.


  • Posted: 11/13/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: blog.adw.org

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Christian Right Failed to Sway Voters on Issues | NY Times

What’s Next For Marriage After Tuesday’s Vote? | Ken Klukowski at Breitbart

New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby inherits a divided Anglican Communion

Culture Precedes Law and Policy: Be of Good Cheer Pro-Lifers, We Are Winning | Michael J. New at First Things

The prayer of a sex trafficked child: Escaping the abuse

“French RC Church says gay marriage for few, to be imposed on all”

“Democracy and Gay Marriage: Voters are changing as the culture shifts”

    Wall Street Journal (access via Google): The U.S. Supreme Court may soon take up the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act or Prop 8. In the wake of Tuesday’s votes, gay activists are calling for the court to strike down both. The legal merits of those cases are for another editorial. But on the politics, Americans don’t need or want court orders. They’ve shown themselves more than capable of changing their views and the laws on gay marriage the democratic way.


  • Posted: 11/09/2012
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  • Category: Featured

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Why Hispanics Don’t Vote for Republicans | Heather Mac Donald at National Review

    Heather MacDonald at National Review: Hispanics will prove to be even more decisive in the victory of Governor Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30, which raised upper-income taxes and the sales tax, than in the Obama election. And California is the wave of the future. A March 2011 poll by Moore Information found that Republican economic policies were a stronger turn-off for Hispanic voters in California than Republican positions on illegal immigration. Twenty-nine percent of Hispanic voters were suspicious of the Republican party on class-warfare grounds . . .


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.nationalreview.com

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Islam Overtaking Catholicism as Dominant Religion in France

Walter Lippmann and the Crisis in Journalism | Ted McCallister at Public Discourse

    Ted McAllister at Public Discourse: We are witnessing, I believe, the collapse of a great modern project. The goal of this project was to form a democratic public, led by the most talented leaders and administered by enlightened public servants, but constituted by a deeply informed, engaged, and public-spirited citizenry. To produce such citizens, journalists served an almost sacred role of supplying all the disparate members of the public with “disinterested” information. Without information and knowledge, democratic deliberations are impossible, and without such deliberations there is no substantive “public,” only congeries of individuals and groups.


  • Posted: 11/08/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: www.thepublicdiscourse.com

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Next Archbishop Of Canterbury Announcement Friday

Obam won minority voters: Hispanics 71%, Blacks 93%, Asians 73%

Youth Vote: Obama 60%, Romney 37%

Three Ways of Explaining Defeat | Victor David Hanson

Puerto Ricans vote to become 51st state

Faith And Freedom Endure – Even In The Face Of Some Terrible Storms | Alan Sears

Ky. Voices: Hate-crime trial revealed deep dysfunction

Marriage is any consensual caring relationship, says a feminist philosopher

Politics is the place where competing moral visions meet: A Statement on the 2012 Elections by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference

The Coming Age of Austerity | Pat Buchanan at Townhall

“How Can I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage When Someone I Love Is Gay?” | Regina Griggs and Peter Sprigg

On Cuss Words, Character and Confucius | Piero Tozzi at the Bell Towers

    Piero Tozzi at the Bell Towers: Restoring dignity to the Office of President is not something to be taken lightly – character matters, and the President should be a role model. Integrity radiates from the top: as Confucius noted, the virtuous ruler is like the pole star, setting the standard for those around him. When those in high office act virtuously, people are inspired to virtue. And when that happens, young lads stop cussin’ around the house… Actually Confucius did not say that last bit, but of this much I am confident: there will be no more upending the ottoman in an effort to reach the remote in order to hit the mute button and prevent an assault on tender ears when a President Romney or his minions speak.


  • Posted: 11/06/2012
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  • Category: ADF in the News
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  • Source: thebelltowers.com

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“The End of ‘Marriage’” | Laurie Shrage at NY Times

Poll: 29% of pastors discuss candidates in pulpit

“Presbyterian Church Rules Against Biblical Authority in Gay ‘Marriage’ Case”

Girl killed in Pakistani-administered Kashmir acid attack

Kids want more time with mum and dad, study shows

Churches make a difference: Maryland voters’ support for same-sex marriage slips | LA Times

Henninger: “Romney’s Secret Voting Bloc: Mitt Romney’s margin of victory in Ohio could be evangelical Christians.”

Islam and Extremism: What Is Underneath

    William DiPuccio at Gatestone Institute: Islamists seem to be driven not only to establish the hegemony of Islam by supplanting secular governments and legal systems, but also by enforcing religious purity according to their own standards. Muslims in America – most of whom were undoubtedly fleeing abuse, not trying to bring it with them – should of course be treated with the same respect and deference extended to people of other religions But our civility should not blind us to the potential for extremism – a concern shared by 60% of Muslim Americans – or to the religious connections between Islam and terrorism.


  • Posted: 11/01/2012
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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Churches Impacting Poll Numbers in Maryland Same Sex Marriage Vote

‘Ex-Gay’ Men Fight Back Against View That Homosexuality Can’t Be Changed | NY Times

A Scary Thought | Alan Sears at Townhall

A Case for Defrocking: Preaching in Support of Same-Sex Marriage | Jeff Mirus at Catholic Culture

Why a Good Person Can Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage | Dennis Prager at Townhall

Mormon church is conspicuously absent in Md. same-sex marriage referendum

Mugging Our Descendants | George F. Will at Human Events

The ‘triple jeopardy’ facing Britain

Religions largely oppose abortion

Men Don’t Mother | Jenet Erickson at Public Discourse

Most French see Islam too influential in society: poll

AZ taxpayers pay for 53% of births, nationally medicare pays for 40%

“In black churches, a gay-marriage divide”

Winnipeg: Police chief stunned by prayer comment reaction

Mandates, Decrees, and Bioethics Liberty | Alan E. Sears at Holy Apostles College

“Gallup survey: 3.4 percent of US adults are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender”

Religious freedom: How Catholic faith is represented through acts of charity

    Anthony Bosnick at the Washington Post: In his pastoral letter, “Disciples of the Lord: Sharing the Vision,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington writes, “While it is true that this country is marked by a genuinely religious spirit, the subtle influence of secularism can nevertheless color the way people allow their faith to influence their behavior…Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted. Only when their faith permeates every aspect of their lives do Christians become truly open to the transforming power of the Gospel.”


  • Posted: 10/17/2012
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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Culture: The Missing Conservative Tradition | Mark Bauerlein at Public Discourse

Ivy league admissions officer – White middle class and east asians least favored for admissions

Free Societies as Schools of the Soul | Wilfred M. McClay at Center of the American Experiment

Get a grip on family policy, says ex-minister as shocking report claims half of all children will see parents separate

Women sue Pentagon over combat exclusion

The Role of Faith in Academic Pursuits – Mark Regnerus | Mark Oppenheimer at NYT

No religion — and not a lot of sense | Naomi Schafer Riley at NY Post

Rick Santorum: Same-sex marriage will destroy American families and the church

Billionaire’s ads to warn Americans against socialism: People will stop working and creating

Same-Sex marriage will change culture | Christian Civic League

“Islam appears to spread in Haiti, a country where Christianity and Voodoo hold sway”

Outrage after Taliban shoots Pakistani schoolgirl in the head

Busting the myth: Christians and divorce

Is British monarch ‘Defender of the Faith’ or ‘Faiths’?

The emerging social, political force: ‘Nones,’ those who claim no religion

Government Dependency Will End in Chaos | Ron Paul

    Paul.House.Gov:
    The media insists on characterizing statements about dependency on government handouts as controversial, but in truth such statements are absolutely correct. It’s not that nearly half of Americans are dependent on government; it’s actually more than half. If one includes not just people on food stamps and welfare, but also seniors on Medicare, Social Security and people employed by the government directly, the number is more like 165 million out of 308 million, which is 53%.


  • Posted: 10/09/2012
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  • Category: Miscellaneous
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  • Source: paul.house.gov

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When Branches Tangle in a Stepfamily Tree

    Elissa Gootman at NY Times: Suddenly these step-relatives, unbound by biological or legal ties, are former step-relatives, left to puzzle over the sorts of questions that can require a whiteboard to explain. Do you invite your ex-stepsister to your wedding, given that you shared a bunk bed with her for seven formative years? How long should you continue texting your ex-stepson if he doesn’t text back? And what, if anything, do you call your ex-stepgrandmother?
    For thousands of people, such questions are not hypothetical.


  • Posted: 10/09/2012
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  • Category: Featured
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  • Source: www.nytimes.com

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Study: One-Third Of Adults Under 30 Have No Religious Affiliation

Divine Immanence: The Evangelical Foundations of Modern Anglo-American Approaches to International Law | John D. Haskell at Chinese J. of Int’l L.

“Gay characters at record high on U.S. television”

Doctors’ view: Marriage amendment harmful to health of children, adolescents

Two men, two parties, and not one word about marriage | Elizabeth Marquardt at FamilyScholars.org

Chick-fil-A Chief: ‘We Support Biblical Families’

Why monogamy is natural | John Witte, Jr. at Washington Post

    John Witte, Jr. at Washington Post: Given these four factors, nature has strongly inclined rational human persons to develop enduring and exclusive sexual relationships, called marriages, as the best form and forum of sexual bonding and reproductive success. Faithful and healthy monogamous marriages are designed to provide for the sexual needs and desires of a husband and wife. They ensure that both fathers and mothers are certain that a baby born to them is theirs. They ensure that husband and wife will together care for, nurture, and educate their children until they mature. And they deter both spouses from destructive sexual behavior outside the home


  • Posted: 10/02/2012
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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