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What the Bible REALLY says about homosexuality: the four commandments (for Christian gentiles) | Scholars and RoguesHint: not what Christians think it does. Also, how many commandments are there really?
Using the correct books of the bible for the 21st century man.
there is simply no way to read the Bible I read and not come to the conclusion that it is overwhelmingly supportive of helping the poor, showing mercy to the weak, refraining from judging, treating others as you would treat yourself, calling on the wealthy to give their money to the poor, and all kinds of other liberal, lefty, progressive values. You would have to ignore a great deal of Genesis and Exodus, with their talk of being our brother's keeper and bringing justice to the poor, oppressed slaves in Egypt; you would have to skip over a great many of the verses of Psalms with its poetry about justice and mercy for the poor and the widow; you would have to avoid the books of the Prophets almost entirely since so much of what they are angry about is the Israelite society's mistreatment of poor people and immigrants in their midst. Then there is the New Testament, where between St. Paul, the relatives of Jesus, and the big guy himself, there are so many verses on these subjects that it is virtually impossible to...there is simply no way to read the Bible I read and not come to the conclusion that it... more
By David Edwards
Monday, February 20, 2012 10:23
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Sunday likened the upcoming U.S. election to World War II.
While the candidate’s comments to a packed First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia were somewhat vague, NBC news noted that he “seemed to compare President [Barack] Obama to [Adolph] Hitler.”
The former Pennsylvania senator told his supporters that this election was like World War II, “where our closest ally, Britain, was being bombed and leveled.”
“And America sat from 1940 when France fell to December of ’41 and did almost nothing,” he explained. “Why? Because we’re a hopeful people. We think, ‘You know it will get better. Yeah, I mean, he’s a nice guy. It won’t be near as bad as what we think. You know, this will be OK. You know, maybe he’s not the best guy.’ After a while, you found out some things about this guy over in Europe and maybe he’s not so good of a guy after all. But you know what? ‘Why do we need to be involved? We’ll just take care of our own problems, just get our families off to work and our kids off to school and we’ll be OK.’”
The candidate added: “Sometimes, sometimes it’s not OK.”
As BuzzFeed pointed out earlier this year, it’s not the first time Santorum has compared his opponents to Adolph Hitler.
During a 2005 speech on the Senate floor, the then-senator blasted Senate Democrats for complaining that Republicans were trying to stop them from filibustering President George W. Bush’s judicial appointees.
“It’s the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942: ‘I’m in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It’s mine,’” he said.
Over the weekend, Santorum also said that Obama’s theology was not “based on the Bible.” He later clarified that he wasn’t questioning if the president was a Christian.
Watch this video from CBS’s This Morning, broadcast Feb. 20, 2012.
"Is it just me, or does it look like he is wearing a Diaper under his Slacks???" =)By David Edwards Monday, February 20, 2012 10:23 Republican presidential candidate... more
By David Edwards
Thursday, February 2, 2012 13:36 EST
President Barack Obama proved on Thursday that conservatives don’t have a monopoly on using religion to advocate for specific public policies.
Speaking to a group of mostly-conservative politicians at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, the president quoted scripture in a effort to get Republicans to support a fairer tax code and caring for the poor.
“When I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on main street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminating against those who are already sick or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody,” Obama explained. “But I also do it because I know far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years. And I believe in God’s command to love thy neighbor as thyself.”
“And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe at a time when folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income or young people with student loans or middle class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I am willing to give something up as someone who has been extraordinarily blessed, give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy — I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.”
He added: “But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.”
“Treating others as you want to be treated, requiring much from those who have been given so much, living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper, caring for the poor and those in need, these values are old and they can be found in many denominations and many faiths and among many believers and among many non-believers. They’re values that have always made this country great when we live up to them, when we just don’t just give lip service to them, and we just don’t talk about them one day a year.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Feb. 1, 2012.
"Excellent job BO, beat the Bastard Bible Thumpers with their own Bible, BRAVO!!!!"By David Edwards Thursday, February 2, 2012 13:36 EST President Barack Obama... more
But 2012 was going to be different! The GOP thought they'd found the ideal candidate in the person of Marc Cenedella to take on Senator Gillibrand as she runs for her first full term. The multi-millionaire CEO of the The Ladders met with GOP party leaders and they were glad to hear he was prepared to self-finance half of the $30-40 million tab for the race. (Whew! The party can then focus on holding the Senate.)
Never mind that the job search company Cenedella founded The Ladders screams "One-percenter!", built on the idea of being an exclusive club of $100K jobs for $100K people. Never mind it has a reputation for over-promising, and under-delivering (kinda like the GOP's trickle-down economic theories) and complaints abounded it lists jobs that don't exist.
Now, the New York Times has researched Cenedella's internet trail and found that his "life experience" is indeed a colorful one, particularly by GOP standards. Last night they posted: "Under the Name of a Senate Hopeful, Blog Posts on Sex and Drugs."
The entries had headlines like “Sexy vs. Skanky,” “Dating Advice for Girly Girls,” “He Stole My Weed” and “High Quality Dope.”
In an entry titled “A New Holiday for Men,” there was a link to a separate site that designates March 14 as a special occasion on which women are encouraged to offer steak and oral sex “to show your man how much you care for him.”
Another entry linked to a site that purports to provide biblical justification for a man’s having more than one wife. “I wasn’t so sure about all this Bible stuff,” the entry accompanying the link said, “but I’m starting to cotton to it.”
http://tinyurl.com/8a8j4gjBut 2012 was going to be different! The GOP thought they'd found the ideal... more
by Lord Hector Diono/CEO/Hoodwatch Media Corp Decatur Georgia 11:30 am Saturday January 21, 2012
Thought of the Day: Remember this: Once you have recognized & cherish who you are(cause believe me, despite popular self belief some people really have no f*ckin clue) Protect who you are, guard who you are, respect and command respect from those who think they know who you are, no matter who they are or who you may claim they are to you. NO ONE has the authority to disrupt,disrespect,degrade,slam,or even spiritually spit on your inner peace at will,
NO ONE. For one to allow this, for whatever reason you may find suitable to fit your undeserved or warped understanding of human nature, makes you a pitiful and false representation of what greatness and love truly is. Remember this good people,
it doesn't make you a bad person for addressing the presence ill behavior or down right evil. Slay it, or you just may find yourself perished in the flames of your own ignorance not cause I say so but because it is so. As it applies to the fathers so shall it apply to thine mothers Ephesians 6:4by Lord Hector Diono/CEO/Hoodwatch Media Corp Decatur Georgia 11:30 am Saturday... more
Is Christianity in decline in America? When you examine the cold, hard numbers it is simply not possible to come to any other conclusion. Over the past few decades, the percentage of Christians in America has been steadily declining. This has especially been true among young people. As you will see later in this article, there has been a mass exodus of teens and young adults out of U.S. churches. In addition, what "Christianity" means to American Christians today is often far different from what "Christianity" meant to their parents and their grandparents. Millions upon millions of Christians in the United States simply do not believe many of the fundamental principles of the Christian faith any longer. Without a doubt, America is becoming a less "Christian" nation. This has staggering implications for the future of this country. The United States was founded primarily by Christians that were seeking to escape religious persecution. For those early settlers, the Christian faith was the very center of their lives, and it deeply affected the laws that they made and the governmental structures that they established. So what is the future of America going to look like if we totally reject the principles that this nation was founded on?Is Christianity in decline in America? When you examine the cold, hard numbers it is... more
Jessica Ahlquist, Teenage Atheist, Wins Case To Remove Prayer Banner From Cranston High School
First Posted: 1/14/12 08:47 AM ET Updated: 1/14/12 04:55 PM ET
By Kimberly Winston
Religion News Service
(RNS) A federal judge ruled Wednesday (Jan. 11) in favor of a teenage atheist who sought the removal of a prayer banner from her Rhode Island high school.
Attorneys for Jessica Ahlquist, 16, argued that a banner on display in Cranston High School West's auditorium titled "School Prayer" and addressing "Our Heavenly Father" is a violation of the Constitution and the Supreme Court's 1962 decision banning state-mandated prayer in school.
Lawyers for the school district argued that the banner had hung in the school since the 1960s and was more secular than sacred.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux disagreed and ruled that the banner should be removed immediately. He also upbraided school officials for holding community meetings about the mural that "at times resembled a religious revival." At one meeting, several school officials read from the Bible or declared their faith. Ahlquist needed a police escort to leave one meeting.
"I am hopeful that this case can be looked back on in the future and encourage others to stand up for their rights as well," Ahlquist said from the Providence office of the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented her.
Ahlquist had to leave Cranston High School West due to threats, but said she is considering a return.
Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State hailed the ruling as "a 40-page slam dunk."
Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, praised Ahlquist. "She fought for the rights of nonbelievers and religious minorities and is an example for everyone."
.Huff Post... . Jessica Ahlquist, Teenage Atheist, Wins Case To Remove Prayer... more
A film by Megiddo Films taking a Biblical perspective of the New World Order. All rights belong to Megiddo Films. Uploaded by permission.
Enjoy & EnlightenA film by Megiddo Films taking a Biblical perspective of the New World Order. All... more
So here we are 8p Christmas Night. All the gifts are unwrapped. All the food devoured. Kids off playing with their new toys. The parents winding down with some drinks and desert. A big sigh of relief exudes from everyone as the stress of the holiday season evaporates.So here we are 8p Christmas Night. All the gifts are unwrapped. All the food devoured.... more
For millions of American families, there will be no Christmas this year. The sad truth is that an increasing number of families simply do not have money for Christmas presents or any other luxuries right now. The number of Americans that fell into poverty set a new all-time record last year and extreme poverty is at the highest level ever measured in the United States. This Christmas, a lot of American families will be deciding whether to spend the little money that they do have on food, heat or medicine. All over America, the poor are getting poorer and each year the economic pain seems to get even worse. But there are also many American families that will have no Christmas this year for other reasons. Some are just sick and tired of all of the materialism that is involved in Christmas. Others are trying to be "politically correct" and don't want to offend anyone. There are even a growing number of Americans that are Christians but that believe that Christians should not celebrate Christmas for spiritual reasons. Once upon a time, Christmas was pretty much considered to be a nearly universal holiday in the United States, but that just is not the case anymore. There are millions upon millions of Americans that simply will not be celebrating Christmas at all this year.For millions of American families, there will be no Christmas this year. The sad... more
A 28-year-old Lake Charles-area woman faces a bevy of charges after Louisiana police said she repeatedly had sex with a 13-year-old boy who she met at the Bible camp where she was a teacher/aide.
According to the Sulphur Daily News, Heather Daughdrill initiated the relationship in June and it continued until a complaint was filed in October. After her arrest on November 29, police told the paper that Daughdrill would pick her victim up from school without his parents' knowledge and subject him to sexual encounters. Louisiana cops also reportedly found sexually explicit texts between Daughdrill and her victim.A 28-year-old Lake Charles-area woman faces a bevy of charges after Louisiana police... more
If you believe that the United States is the "sole superpower" in the world, then you really need to read the rest of this article. Most Americans have very little idea what is actually going on in the rest of the world and how the global balance of power is shifting. For example, can you name the country that is the number one oil producer in the world, the number one oil exporter in the world, the number one exporter of natural gas in the world and that also has the second most powerful military in the entire world? In case you need a hint, it is not Saudi Arabia, it is not China and it is not the United States. The correct answer is Russia. The Russian Bear is back in a big way. Did you know that Russia is rapidly becoming one of the top suppliers of oil to the United States? Russia has vast natural resources, a national debt that is very low (ratio of publicly held debt to GDP is less than 10%) and an economy that has boomed over the past decade. Russia is busy flexing its muscles in many different ways. For example, many are pointing out that the "Eurasian economic union" that Russia is putting together is a significant move in the direction of a revival of the Soviet Union. Russia is also rapidly modernizing its military and developing very powerful new weapons systems. Most Americans believe that the Cold War is over and that Russia is a toothless bear that no longer represents a threat. It is difficult to find words to describe how wrong that assessment of the situation is.If you believe that the United States is the "sole superpower" in the world,... more
Are earthquakes becoming more frequent and more powerful? With only two months to go, we are on pace to have more earthquakes of magnitude-5.0 or greater this year than we have had during any other year over the past decade by far. In fact, as you will see in this article, since the year 2000 there has been a very clear upward trend in the number of major earthquakes. So is this an indication that major earth changes are coming? Is our planet becoming increasingly unstable? We are currently witnessing tremendous political, social and financial upheaval all over the globe. Every week the economic crisis in the United States and elsewhere seems to get even worse. So what is going to happen if the shaking of the earth becomes even more intense and major cities all over the planet start getting leveled? For most of human history we have seriously underestimated the awesome destructive power of natural disasters, and the fact that the number of earthquakes around the world seems to be going up consistently should be a huge wake up call for all of us.Are earthquakes becoming more frequent and more powerful? With only two months to go,... more
One man's immorality is another man's religion, even if the immorality of that religion is pointed out by atheists. The same is true for atheists and what they believe. People are what they are, sometimes inconsistent, narrow-minded, and disagreeable. But, there's the message and then there's the way you deliver the message.One man's immorality is another man's religion, even if the immorality of... more
That is one courageous and enlightened priest.
This morning I delivered a a brief talk, a Davar Torah, on Parashat Ra'eh, the weekly Torah portion, at Park Slope Jewish Center in Brooklyn. My talk's sources include Deuteronomy 11:26 -12:28, Max Vogelstein's book Fertile Soil: A Political History of Israel Under the Divided Kingdom , and "A Homily on Political Messianism," a blog post by my American-Israeli cousin Sam Shube. Here is the text of my Davar Torah:
Continue reading on Examiner.com Davar Torah Shabbat Ra'eh - New York NY | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/ny-in-new-york/davar-torah-shabbat-ra-eh#ixzz1WHZw0jggThis morning I delivered a a brief talk, a Davar Torah, on Parashat Ra'eh, the... more