The official Vatican state newspaper has slammed expressions of "political correctness" that at the same time mock people's faith, calling it a "sad paradox."
The Vatican paper wrote that "behind the misleading banner of uncompromising secularism, the French weekly is forgetting once again what religious leaders of every faith have been repeating for a long time in rejecting violence in the name of religion — that using God to justify hatred is true blasphemy, as Pope Francis has reiterated several times." more >>
New Zealand-born evangelist Ray Comfort is best known by many for street evangelism in which he asks people about God, the Bible, sin and salvation. And on Tuesday the minister continued sharing the promise of eternity in Heaven for believers in a post-New Year's Day Facebook message to his followers.
Comfort's post, in it entirety, can be read below:
"Some people have the idea that Christians will spend eternity sitting on clouds playing rusty harps. If that's all I hoped for, I wouldn't be a Christian. The hope I have is not nebulous; it is concrete. It is an 'anchor of the soul,' and is both sure and steadfast. Here is my hope. Consider the beauty of this massive Earth. Think of a majestic snowcapped mountain, a clear babbling brook, or a beautiful beach with clean white sand and turquoise waters filled with an amazing array of brightly colored fish. more >>
Millennials experienced a significant drop in the belief that churches and religious organizations have a positive impact on the country.
Although 73 percent of millennials in 2010 believed churches and religious organizations are good for the nation, that number dropped by 18 percentage points to 55 percent in 2015, according to the study.
In contrast, all other age groups remained a bit more positive about churches, with the Baby Boomer generation being the most positive with 67 percent support. more >>
An elementary school in New Jersey has barred children from saying "God bless America" after the Pledge of Allegiance, following a complaint from the ACLU.
Glenview Elementary School Principal Sam Sassano in South Jersey revealed that the American Civil Liberties Union warned him that the practice supposedly violates the separation of church and state, NBC10 Philadelphia reported on Tuesday.
Sassano defended the practice, however, noting that students began saying the phrase following the 9/11 terror attacks. more >>
A conservative Christian organization based in Colorado has denounced the vandalism of an atheist billboard that advises people to "skip church."
Focus on the Family, which is based in Colorado Springs, decried the recent vandalism of an American Atheists billboard ad.
***alt. headline: Charlie Hebdo Blames God for Radical Terror Attack?***
French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is marking the one year anniversary of the terror attacks on its offices that killed 12 staff members, by releasing a controversial new cover that seemingly depicts God as a jihadist.