Monthly Archives: July 2015

Tunisia Massacre and SSM

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Christian Concern compares Tunisia massacre to same-sex marriage
Nick Duffy 13th July 2015, 12:18 PM

A guest column carried by religious pressure group Christian Concern compares same-sex marriage to the massacre of British tourists in Tunisia.
The group, which works to oppose UK equality laws but failed to stop the passage of same-sex marriage, posted a guest article from “cultural apologist and church leader” Dr Joe Boot.
The column says there are many reason for Christians to ‘despair’ – citing the murder of innocent Christians in Nigeria, the massacre of 38 people in Tunisia, and the US Supreme Court bringing same-sex marriage to all 50 states.
It says: “Given the events of recent days, with Boko Haram slitting the throats of Christians in Nigeria, Islamic jihadists murdering dozens of Britons as they sat with their children by the sea in Tunisia, and as the Humpty Dumpty logic of the US Supreme Court led to a decision legalising same-sex ‘marriage’ in America – an act far more destructive of truth and liberty than a terrorist bomb – it would be easy to be utterly despondent as a Christian.
“However, the truth of the gospel means we must not – indeed, cannot – give in to fear, doubt or despair.”
38 people were murdered by a gunman in Tunisia, including 30 British holidaymakers.
Dr Boot claims that the Tunisian murders were driven by the fundamental beliefs of Islam, labelling the Prophet Mohammed a “violent and bloodthirsty warlord”, before drawing a direct comparison to the Supreme Court ruling.
He claims that “the US Supreme Court’s decision expresses, in a different way, a similar usurpation of sovereignty”, and accuses the justices of “waging [a] ‘legal’ war against Christ” in a similar way to radical Islamists.
The column continues: “In both Islamic militancy and activist Western courts, we are witnessing war on the living God by means and application of illegitimate law and the usurpation of sovereignty.”
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern is regularly given a platform to make media appearances, despite her group’s increasingly anti-gay stance.
The UK Independence Part’s ‘Christian’ manifesto was released earlier this year on a Christian Concern-run website – but was not circulated it via the official UKIP website or to the press.

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Idiot

Speaking at a Georgia church’s Independence Day celebration, Mike Huckabee warned a that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision will soon cause the U.S. to face God’s judgment.

“1975, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham said that ‘if God does not bring his judgment upon this land, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah,’” Huckabee said. “She said that 40 years ago. What would she say today if she was still alive? When the Supreme Court just two weeks ago, or as I call them, the Extreme Court, made the most radical decision when it comes to the definition of marriage, it truly was a remarkable day in which they did not vote for equality of something, they voted for the redefinition of something.”

After criticizing President Obama for his stance on same-sex marriage, Huckabee said that people must defy the court’s decision with the same courage as the nation’s founders, adding that “the courts of man can no more suspend the definition and law of marriage than it could suspend the law of gravity.”

THE “CRIME” OF S & G WAS THEIR LACK OF HOSPITALITY

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10 Commandments – thou shalt NOT!

GOPers Refuse to Remove 10 Commandments — and Will Fight to Change Constitution Instead
What separation between church and state?
By Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story July 7, 2015

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judge ordered Oklahoma to remove a Ten Commandments monument from state capitol grounds, but the governor is defying that order.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a 7-2 ruling last week saying the monument violates the state constitution. But Governor Mary Fallin said the state attorney general has asked the court to “reconsider,” Tulsa World reports.

The court found the monument violates a clause in the state’s constitution that prohibits the use of public property for religious use, local KFOR reports.

“Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state courts or their decisions,” Fallin told Tulsa World. But, “we are also a state with three co-equal branches of government.”

Lawmakers plan on an amendment removing the portion of the state constitution cited by the court.

“After reviewing the Supreme Court’s Ten Commandments ruling, it is clear that we have a toxic provision in our state Constitution,” state Rep. John Paul Jordan (R-Yukon) told KFOR. “It was written with discrimination in mind, and like a malignant tumor, needs to be removed completely.”

Jordan said he feared the constitutional language could be used in the future to remove religious Native American artwork at the Capitol and State Supreme Court being removed.

“In addition, it could lead to individuals on state-funded insurance programs being unable to receive medical care as a large portion of hospitals in Oklahoma are supported by a religious affiliation,” he said, according to local KOCO. “Taken to an extreme it could even lead to churches, synagogues, mosques and other buildings used for religious purposes being unable to receive police and fire protection as they would be directly or indirectly benefiting from public monies.”

State Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-Oklahoma City) called the decision “judicial tyranny,” KFOR reports.

The Ten Commandments will stay put while appeals and constitutional changes are underway, KFOR reports.

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FaceGloria

‘Sin free Facebook’ attracts thousands
By Zoe Kleinman
Technology reporter, BBC News
6 July 2015

 

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Facegloria homepage
The homepage of Facegloria is not dissimilar to that of Facebook.
A group of Evangelical Christians in Brazil has launched a social network where swearing and erotic content in any form is completely banned.
The creators of Facegloria claim the site has attracted 100,000 members since its launch last month.
There are 600 words which are forbidden on the site and an “Amen” button for expressing appreciation for a post.
Ummaland, a social network for Muslims which launched in 2013, currently has around 329,000 members.
It includes “extended privacy settings” for women and daily Islamic inspirational quotes.
“We are creating Ummaland on Islamic values, no small talk, no boasting, no gossiping and backbiting but focusing on the message that really matters,” said co-founders Maruf Yusupov and Jamoliddin Daliyev in an interview shortly after the site launched.

Brazil’s Facegloria is currently only available in Portuguese but other language services and a mobile app are also planned.
Brazil has the world’s largest Roman Catholic population.
“On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. That’s why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love and to spread His word,” web designer Atilla Barros told AFP.
Gay material is also banned from the social media platform.
Mr Barros and his three co-founders were working in the office of Acir dos Santos, the mayor of Ferraz de Vasconcelos, when they came up with the idea.
Mr dos Santos has since invested $16,000 (£10,000) in the start-up.
“Our network is global. We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere,” he said.
Religion and technology often intertwine, programmer John Graham-Cumming told the BBC.
“There are some [programming] languages which have some religious symbols, the most notable is a language called Perl,” he said.
“It was written by Larry Wall who is a Christian, and who has expressed that Christian faith, and within the language there are little clues about that. One of the key words is ‘bless’ – you can bless something, and it has a technical meaning.”
Developer Terry Davis spent ten years building his publicly available Christian operating system, TempleOS, which is full of Biblical quotes and references.
“TempleOS is God’s official temple. Just like Solomon’s temple, this is a community focal point where offerings are made and God’s oracle is consulted,” reads the operating system’s charter.

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money, money, money

 

There once was a man who had worked all of his life and had saved all of his money.

He was a real miser when it came to cash. He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, “Now listen, when I die I want you to take all my money and place it in the coffin with me. I want to take all my money to the afterlife.”

Well, one day he died.

He was laid out in the coffin; the wife was sitting there in black next to their best friend. When they finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the coffin, the wife said, “Wait a minute!”
She had a shoebox with her. She came over with the box and placed it in the coffin. Then the undertakers closed it and rolled it away.

Her friend said, “I hope you weren’t crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old man.”

She said, “Yes, I promised. I’m a good Christian, I can’t lie. I promised him that I was going to put that money in that coffin with him.”
“You mean to tell me you put every last penny of his money in the coffin with him?”

“I certainly did,” said the wife. “I got it all together, put it into my account and I wrote him a cheque”

 

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Obit

A North Dakota man’s obituary has turned him into a small time celebrity after he passed away with what relatives say is a typical touch of his humour
While obituaries are normally used to describe the deceased’s achievements and surviving family members, Douglas Legler, from Fargo, took a different approach.

Puplished in a local newspaper, the intimation of his passing was simple and to the point:

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he can’t bless SSM, but he can bless a loo. :-(

Southern Reporter 1 July 2015

Bishop earns time in loo

Episcopalian Bishop of Edinburgh, the Rt Reverend John Armes, chalked up a first when he visited Kelso on Sunday.
He had never been asked to bless the loos anywhere before and admitted that, while there wasnt an appropriate item in his book of blessings, that should be rectified in future as good toilet facilities were essential.
Fortunately he had also been asked to bless the new kitchen in St Andrews Episcopal Church and was able to adapt and extend his duties to cover the two new facilities which have been created at a cost of ?60,000.
Ensuring that as rector, the Reverend Bob King teased the church got its moneys worth out of the bishops visit, he not only blessed a new carpet for the Lady Chapel, but also authorised new chalice bearers and licensed new intercessors.
Bishop John also appointed Alan Hall as Emeritus Lay Reader one of only three in Scotland in recognition of his long-standing work for the church in Kelso.

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you’ll never walk alone

 

New anti-gay marriage ad by Catholic group
Jul 01, 2015 10:27am PDT by Walter Einenkel

“The catholicvote.org education fund is something. I’m going to choose not to find out too much about them because the insane anti-gay marriage video they released says more than I need to know. It’s a video where people of all races and genders—and one creed—sit down in front of the camera and talk cryptically about feeling like they can’t talk about how much they hate gay people being allowed to marry. High-fill lighting and (probably) a ring light is placed in their eye-line to make those oppressed Catholic eyes pop and a sad meditative score will bring you to tears. These poor Catholics continue to be oppressed! It is insane and offensive and, unfortunately for them, really unforgivable.”

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nutter of the day

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