Topic: Christian Values

Article: Separation of Church and Politics

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Should church be for worship or for politics?
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Article: The Political Face of Christianity

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As Christians, are we showing a public image of love and grace? Or do non-believers see us as judgmental, critical and selfish? Read More...

Article: If God Detests Homosexuality, Why Didn't Jesus Even Mention it?

X Comments    Last updated: 2016-07-01 09:26:39

Examine what the Bible does say - in context.
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Article: President Obama's speech to 2014 National Prayer Breakfast

X Comments    Last updated: 2014-09-18 13:35:52

Obama tells of his journey to embrace Christianity and that faith guides him daily. Religion strengthens America and religious freedom strengthens nations.
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Article: The Right Way

X Comments    Last updated: 2014-09-18 13:29:04

  A fun poem by Clarice Ford, January 19, 2014
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Article: Heavenly Real Estate

X Comments    Last updated: 2014-12-18 15:56:38

Radio evangelist, Charles E. Fuller, told this touching story about heaven.
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Article: What You Can Do To Help Throw Out Washington Money Changers

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-08-14 11:35:26

A Challenge to Christians Who Believe That The Message Of Jesus Is About  Grace, Love, Integrity, and Peace for ALL.
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Article: Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-11-04 20:28:49

Read excerpts from this 184 page challenge to humanity.
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Article: 35 Of Pope Francis's Most Prophetic Statements

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-10-26 20:00:37

Pope Francis has brought new spirit into the Church with his humble lifestyle and direct and often challenging commentary on world affairs and personal ethics.  
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Article: Should We Trust Immoral Leaders?

X Comments    Last updated: 2016-10-15 10:59:41

Bragging about sexual assault. Cheating on a spouse. Sexting. Fathering secret children.  Do these behaviors obstruct a politician's ability to do their job?
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Barack Obama
Barack Obama religion conspiracy theories
According to Pew Research, 18% of Americans and 30% of Republicans still believe that Obama is Muslim.  The truth is he has never been Muslim, and is a practicing Christian. View Obama's address on the National Day Of Prayer. Read about Obama's private faith.
Ted Cruz Tx
Cruz says Democrats will shut down Catholic church charities and hospitals if the church doesn’t change its beliefs.
PolitiFact found no sign of such a statement -- or anything close..Cruz says Democrats are "fighting a war on religious liberty," but there is no basis for this wild, outrageous claim.  Christians should uphold the truth.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis Challenges Davos Elite: 'Humanity To Be Served By Wealth, Not Ruled By It'
In a message to more than 2,500 participants at the annual World Economic Forum, the pontiff urged industrialists and bankers to promote inclusive prosperity, but stopped short of chiding them for excesses laid bare by the global financial crisis.
Rick Perry
Rick Perry leads top elected officials with 10 percent of claims rated Pants on Fire
Outspoken Christian Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has more pants on fire claims than any other top elected official.  Click here to see PolitiFact summary and some of those boldface lies.
Research
Religious trends in America
According to a 2013 study by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institute, 23 percent of 18- to 33-year-olds are religious progressives, 17 percent are religious conservatives, and 22 percent are non-religious. (page 34 of comprehensive report)
Divided Church
Is this the year Liberals take back religion from Conservatives?
This comprehensive editorial reviews a wide range of trends to explore this issue.
Jimmy Carter Democrat
Former President Jimmy Carter is issuing a call to action for religions to stop using scripture to trample on women's rights.
Carter says, "There's no evidence at all that Jesus Christ did anything except to exalt women."
Ralph Reed Faith and Freedom Coalition
Ralph Reed says 'irrefutable' social science shows kids better off raised by straight couples.
What studies really show is that children are better off with two parents. Those studies do not focus on gender. All reputable research so far indicates that children brought up by gay parents are just well off as those brought up by straight parents.
Todd Starnes Conservative Radio
"Liberals have figured out a Facebook algorithm and "all the people getting banned from Facebook are somehow conservatives."
PolitiFact could find no tally of conservative versus liberal complaints about troubles with Facebook. The idea that all the people getting banned were conservatives is fabrication.  Facebook says there isn’t any algorithm. Users report violations and staff at Facebook review those reports.
Americans For Prosperity
Washington Post debunks Americans for Prosperity ads criticizing Obamacare.
Americans for Prosperity, the limited-government group sponsored by the Koch brothers has spent $35 million attacking Democrats over the Affordable Care Act, but their new expensive ads are false.
David Dewhurst
Wendy Davis "was just doing a fund-raiser in Chicago with the international socialists organization."
Davis appeared at a fund-raiser for a Democratic U.S. House member who may have participated in DSA chapter meetings in the 1980s. There’s no sign Schakowsky is a current DSA member, nor is there evidence Davis raised money for a socialist group. Greg Abbott, TX gubernatorial candidate also made this fabricated claim.
Religion At Crossroad
One fifth of Americans now claim no church affiliation. Huffington Post reviews possible reasons.
The internet may be introducing more options for belief. Pew Research found that many think that religious organizations are too concerned with money, power, rules, and  politics.
Creation vs Evolution
Seventy three percent of Americans still believe that God was active in creation.
A Gallup Poll shows that 42 percent believe in strict creationism and another 31 percent believe that God directed evolution.  This is a small drop since the first survey in 1982, but those who do not believe that God had anything to do with creation rose from 9% to 19 percent.
Would Pope Agree?
Teachers Leave Archdiocese Of Cincinnati Over Controversial 'Morality Clause' In New Contract
New teaching contract prohibits teachers, whether Catholic or not, from having sex or living with a partner outside of marriage, using in-vitro fertilization, leading a gay “lifestyle,” or publicly supporting any of the above.  Teachers fight back with sign, "Would Francis sign?"
Progressive Christians
Progressive Christianity seeing stunning resurgence with groups like Nuns on a Bus, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, The Cana Initiative, Moral Mondays, Faithful America, etc.
With each generation, the popularity of religious conservatism has declined. 47 percent of the Silent Generation (ages 66 to 88) are religious conservatives, compared with 34 percent of Baby Boomers, 23 percent of Gen Xers and 17 percent of Millennials.
Constitution
Getting the facts straight about the Founding Fathers
Pundits and politicians get things wrong time and time again when they use the Founding Fathers to support their political views. In honor of the Fourth of July holiday, PolitiFact reviews archived fact-checks to set the record straight.

Do Unto Others
Border Justice Cause Brings Unlikely Religious Groups Together In Defense Of Migrant Children.
A coalition of both liberal and conservative Evangelical Christians sent a letter to Congress urging measures to protect young migrants.  It was signed by a host of religious leaders who recognize that these are children of God and deserve love and protection.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis Becomes First Pope To Visit A Pentecostal Church In Outreach To Evangelicals.
He visited the Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation in the city of Caserta, Italy.  He apologized to the congregation for Catholic persecution of Pentecostals during Italy's fascist regime and stressed that there was unity in diversity within Christianity.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis: 'Put The Needs Of The Poor Ahead Of Our Own'
Pope Francis, who has always championed the poor and vulnerable, said “Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life,"
Prayer Request
PRAYER NEEDED: It appears to be true that ISIS is beheading children in Queragosh, Iraq.
Christians are being given a choice to convert to Muslim, pay a huge fine, or be murdered.  Reportedly, those who pay a fine myst surrender their wives and daughters to ISIS to become Muslim wives.  Children's heads are being desplayed on a stick in the park. See CNN report
Russell Moore
After Ferguson and Eric Garner decision, white Christians are taking a stand
There is nothing that is clearer in the New Testament than the fact that the gospel breaks down the dividing walls that we have between one another.
Charles Angeletti
Professor makes students recite 'Anti-American' pledge of allegiance
Angeletti's strong political statement against Christian and University values by having students pledge allegiance to a racist, homophobic, sexist America that is in the name of Jesus, that hates Communists and women who want to get abortions.
Bill Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has helped hundreds of millions of people around the world, has published its Annual Newsletter.
They predict that "the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history. And their lives will improve more than anyone else's." They will have "unprecedented opportunities to get an education, eat nutritious food, and benefit from mobile banking", driven by innovation in technology. Goals include making drinking water from sewage, wiping out malaria, polio, HIV, and more.
Sean Hannity
"You can’t build a Christian church in Saudi Arabia."
That’s correct. The Saudi Arabian government’s policy bans the construction of churches. Saudi Arabia is an outlier among predominantly Muslim countries.
Facebook
Facebook has unveiled new rules to stop their users from creating posts related in any way to religion.
The article comes from the National Report, a satirical website. It is not factual and was never intended to be.
Barack Obama
Paul Horner "Does President Obama limit church to twice a month?"
President Obama could not have made any such announcement, as he has no authority to limit church services, and any attempt to do so would be an obvious violation of the First Amendment's protections of religious freedom. The referenced article was a just another hoax from the News Examiner, a fake news site started by Mr. Horner.
Tim Cook
"Legislation being considered in Texas to strip the salaries and pensions of clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples."
Cook fairly summarized Bell’s legislation. But clarification was missing in that the proposal wasn’t "being considered" by lawmakers either then or when Politifact completed their review a couple of weeks later.
Michelle Obama
First Lady says that it was her faith in God's plan for her that saved her from the pain of all the racial slurs and life struggles.
Michelle Obama's inspiring 2015 Commencement address to Tuskegee Graduates, reveals the personal struggles that she has faced, and how she learned to not let them define her, change who she is, or hold her back. Full Speech
The Family Foundation
"The United States is one of only seven nations that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization."
PolitiFact cites done by both pro- and anti-abortion rights groups that back up this claim.
Lgbt
Huffington Post compiles views on LGBT by the world's most noted religious leaders.
Read views about homosexuality, gay marriage, and other LGBT issues by Pope Francis, Bishop Tutu, Dalai Lama, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Joel Osteen
Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee mocks transgender people saying he wished he could have pretended to be transgender in high school “when it came time to take showers in PE.”
Most people feel it is Christian to treat others with respect and love, even if you don't understand or agree with them.  These sentiments by former governor Mike Huckabee, a favorite of Christian conservatives, show total disrespect and ignorance, as well as inappropriate desires.
Pat Robertson 700 Club
Pat Robertson tells grieving mother God took her baby because he could’ve grown up to be Hitler.
A woman writing to Robertson on his show, "The 700 Club", asked for help comforting a co-worker grieving her 3-year-old's death. Robertson said that God may have taken the child because he might have grown up to become a Hitler or a serial killer. If Robinson's logic is true, "then why didn’t God kill Hitler, Stalin, or all those serial killers while they were children?"

Steve Doocy Fox And Friends
Fox, Steve Doocy claims the Charleston shooting is an attack on faith, not race—calls for pastors to arm themselves.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said, "Hate is the only reason someone would walk into a church and shoot people who were praying."  But Fox News, Doocy says that the murder of nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina is really an attack on faith. The gunman allegedly told the victims before the shooting, "You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go."
Pope Francis
Pope Francis says Christians who manufacture guns are hypocritical.
Italy averages 11.9 firearms per 100 people. The United States, on the other hand, has the world’s highest average at 88 guns per 100 people.  Gun homicides in the US are over four times higher than in Italy. At Healing Connection we believe It is time that the lives of innocents override the hobby of gun owners.
Hillary Clinton
Hillary's incredible response to a depressed young gay teen who posted his fears of rejection on Facebook.
"Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing. You will surprise yourself with what you're capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you - there will be lots of them. –H"
Ted Cruz Tx
Ted Cruz says Supreme Court is out of step with public on same-sex marriage, but polls don’t agree.
Support for same-sex marriage has risen dramatically.  A February 2015 CBS News poll found 56 percent said Gay marriage should be left to states, but that dropped to 41% by June. A Gallup poll says that 60% support Gay marriage.
Donald Trump
"If you're from Syria and you're a Christian, you cannot come into this country" as a refugee.
This is wrong on its face -- a small number of Syrian Christians been admitted as refugees over the past nine months -- and also false in spirit, since there is nothing in the United States’ laws or regulations that discriminates against Christian refugees.
Bishop Kevin Kanouse
Lutheran bishop comes out as gay after 'a lifetime of denying' the truth.
Bishop Kevin Kanouse, head of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana area of the ELCA, came out in a letter to church leaders. He and his wife have decided to stay together, and he says respects those who choose to live in same-sex bonds.  He hopes to encourage others who may be struggling with their sexuality.
Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst
'Bishop Of Bling' to be held accountable for excesses.
A German Catholic diocese wants to make its disgraced former “bishop of bling” responsible for the 3.9 million euros ($4.9 million) in losses incurred during the luxury makeover of his residence and office. The Vatican has banished him from the diocese and he has resigned.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis calls on church to welcome divorced Catholics.
Pope Francis "has encouraged debate on changing pastoral practices to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to take communion." "For how can we encourage these parents to raise their children in the Christian life, to give them an example of Christian faith, if we keep them at arm's length?"
Cory Booker D-nj
Booker: Every day we see and hear lawmakers and people of 'faith' using the word of God to hurt others.
Don’t speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people.
Don't tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all His children.
  Don't preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and give.
John Oliver
John Oliver calls out Televangelists who exploit Religion to make millions
Last Week Tonight's John Oliver on Sunday set his sights on the people who use religion to make millions and millions of dollars. Oliver walked through how televangelists take money from vulnerable and often sick people, and benefit from vague tax policy, which grants them tax-exempt status even for million-dollar mansions. He then made a big reveal: He set up his own church to test the limits of the law.
Josh Duggar
The double life of anti-gay, Former Family Research Council VP, Josh Duggar, is again exposed for seeking online extra-marital affairs.
The Religious Right leader and “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star, already scared by past abuse charges, now admits he was unfaithful to his wife after it was revealed that he had a paid account on Ashley Madison, a website for people seeking extramarital affairs, while he worked as a top FRC official.
Lgbt
Illinois is fourth state to ban Gay Conversion Therapy for minors.
Efforts to change sexual orientation have been deemed harmful by every scientific organization and have been blamed for many suicides.  Now Illinois, California, New Jersey, Oregon and the District of Columbia have made it illegal.
Lgbt
A county clerk in Kentucky, who was married three times, is in contempt of court for continuing to refuse to issue marriage license to a gay couple.
In spite of a Supreme Court ruling on 8/31/15 saying that county clerk, Kim Davis, could not deny a marriage license to a gay couple, she continued to refuse saying she was guided by God's authority.  There was no explanation about how God condoned her three marriages.  The ACLU plans to levy fines.
Holy Bible
In light of the Kentucky County Clerks refusal to perform her job due to her religious beliefs, HuffPost Religion has come up with a list of 13 jobs she should avoid that are banned by the Bible.
Deli Clerk, because she might have to serve pork (Leviticus 11:7-8); Clothing sales clerk or manufacturer because fabrics may have two types of yarn (Leviticus 19:19); church leader, priest, or deacon because women are not to speak in church (1 Corinthians 14: 34 - 35); public school teacher because women are not to teach men (1 Timothy 2:12-13); jeweler because women are required to dress modestly (1 Timothy 2:9); any Sunday sports job because it violates the Sabbath (Exodus 31:14-15); or a County Clerk because of she might have to register a divorce (Mark 10:11-12).  Jesus said the second greatest commandment is "Love your neighbor as yourself.”Matthew 22:36 - 40.
Josh Duggar
What the Church must learn from Josh Duggar about how to teach youth about sexuality.
It is likely that Josh Duggar's extreme brand of Christianity helped nurture his extreme sex addiction. Some common conservative lessons that may be damaging include: Once you cross the line, you are ruined; Men were hardwired to objectify women; All sex outside of marriage is equally bad (ex. rape and teen lovers); Your worth is irrevocable- instead of teaching that God loves always. 
Ashley Madison Cheating Website
Some predict that over 400 clergy and religious leaders will resign their positions after their names appeared on the Ashley Madison list.
"The real tragedy is the hypocrisy that so many clergy engage in."  "We need to be humble and to embrace our flawed humanity as we seek through our faith and experience to better ourselves." When we truly face our humanity, we will stop pointing the finger at others in order to distract from our own sins.
Pope Francis
During the upcoming Holy, "Jubilee" year, Pope Francis will allow priests to forgive women who had abortions .
Until now the Catholic Church taught that abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication. Only designated clergy and missionaries were allowed to formally forgive abortions. Priests may grant absolution between Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 26, 2016. Francis described the "existential and moral ordeal" faced by women who have terminated pregnancies.
Kim Davis Anti-same-sex Marriage
Kim Davis, The Kentucky county clerk who went to jail to avoid issuing same-sex marriage licenses, is an Apostolic Christian. What does that mean?
Apostolic Pentecostals do not use alcohol or tobacco. They generally don’t watch TV or movies. Women wear long dresses, and don’t cut their hair or wear makeup. Apostolic men, however, look “like everybody else. ”It’s called “external holiness,”
Mike Huckabee
On MSNBC Morning Joe, 9/9/15, Republican presidential candidate Huckabee could not defend his stance against same sex marriage.
Huckabee was asked if he would issue a second divorce to Kim Davis, or refuse since Jesus condemned divorce, but said nothing about homosexuality.   Huckabee could not answer.  He quoted Matthew 19 to support his narrow definition of marriage, however that verse was actually one where Jesus was condemning divorce.
Pope Francis
The Vatican said that Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis "should not be considered a form of support of her position."
Francis met with "several dozen" people at the Vatican's embassy and such meetings are due to the pope's "kindness and availability."  Many believe that Kim Davis was a trap for the Pope, who had no prior knowledge of the controversy.  This is a reported script of the contact where she repeatedly talked over the Pope.
Huffington Post
Insight: Why Jesus wants you to give up judging others and embrace a graceful mindset.
The act of judging the motives and actions of others is sticky. It's not like righteously throwing a rock at the one we deem guilty. Judging is more like putting your fist in pot of glue, then when you decide to throw it at your intended target, it sticks to you. Read more in Mick Mooney blog.
Lgbt
Federal report calls for end to 'Conversion Therapy' for LGBT youth.
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration performed the first in-depth federal look at conversion therapy and concluded that "none of the existing research" supports that gender orientation can be changed.  Conversion Therapy has resulted in many suicides.
Kevin Swanson, Anti-Gay preacher
Republican Candidates speak at a Kill-the-Gay rally hosted by the National Religious Liberty Conference.
Pastor, Kevin Swanson hosted an political event attended by 1700 people in Iowa, where he called for gays to be rounded up and killed.  He quotes Bible verses out of context to support this murder.  On the stage with him were Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindil, and Mike Huckabee.
Planned Parenthood
Grand Jury turns tables on Planned Parenthood accusers, but Texas Governor continues his investigation and his assault on Texas PP clinics.
On 1/25/2016 a Houston grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood of allegations that they sold organs of aborted fetuses, and instead indicted the undercover videographers behind the allegations on charges of using fake driver's licenses and violating Texas' law against the purchase and sale of human organs- the very law they tried to bring against against PP.

Susie Meister, Religious Scholar
Religion scholar tells how studying religion made her a Liberal.
Susie Meister who has a PhD in Religious Studies and campaigned for George W. Bush tells about a shift in her understanding of Scripture after she examined it for herself. Non-judgmental Jesus, who defended a prostitute and ate with the poor didn't look anything like the politics of the Right.
Pope Francis
Pope Francis says Church should apologize for discriminating against gays, and ask for forgiveness.
Francis recalled Church teachings that homosexuals “should not be discriminated against. They should be respected, accompanied pastorally.” He clarified if a gay person has good will and looks for God, who are we to judge? Read what Jesus said.

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Should We Trust Immoral Leaders?
Bragging about sexual assault. Cheating on a spouse. Sexting. Fathering secret children.  Do these behaviors obstruct a politician's ability to do their job?

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If God Detests Homosexuality, Why Didn't Jesus Even Mention it?
Examine what the Bible does say - in context.

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Does The Bible Define Marriage?
NO! Not at all! Politicians often use the Bible for political gain and are not interested in the truth. They look for an ancient sound bite to convince people of whatever they already believe.

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FEAR PORN/ Lies In The Guise Of Humor
So Called Political Satire Web sites admittedly manufacture lies, then pass them around the web for consumers to believe. Read about this abomination of free speech.

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Another Mass Shooting
President Obama's full address after Oregon shooting.

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