A Roman Catholic congregation in a small Oregon town has erected a pro-life display featuring over 500 white crosses. Parishioners from St. Francis Catholic Church of Sherwood and a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus built the display last weekend.
Fr. Ysrael C. Bien, parish priest for St. Francis Catholic, told The Christian Post that the display was meant "to promote life issues outside the confines of our parish community." Bien presided over "a simple blessing" Sunday in honor of the display, which was meant to be in remembrance of the "millions of babies" aborted since 1973.
"When a knight saw similar memorial white crosses erected in California, he got the idea and brought it to the council and myself for approval," said Bien. "The parish Respect Life committee also got involved and before you know it, parishioners, including our youth ministry members, began painting the crosses." more >>
Lately, Americans can't go more than a few minutes all day without seeing advertisements. These aren't your ads of the 1950s. Many of them are for adult products like Viagra, featuring inappropriately dressed women. Other ads most of us would rather not see include ads for marijuana, Plan B, sleazy singles websites, and pornography. Click on what you think is a harmless news article on the Internet, and you're likely to see the new square blocks advertising down the right side or beneath the article luring you with crude content. With smart phones accompanying us everywhere, just checking email or the Internet means viewing spam and pop-up ads galore.
Attempting to relax and watch a movie or TV, viewers can rarely escape commercials. The new free programs available for streaming TV and movies, such as Crackle, are laced with ads that cannot be fast-forwarded over. There are ads played when on hold over the phone, ads on billboards, subways, and buses, and ads in magazines and newspapers. New York City is famous for its billboards featuring mostly naked models. And these are just a few of the many places Americans are bombarded with ads.
There are ad-blocking programs for the Internet and spam-blockers for email, but it is time-consuming to keep up with all of them. Whenever you think you've got a handle on it, something changes and a new source of ads appears that you must figure out how to block. And even if you do figure out how to block the new source of ads, there are fewer free ways available to do so. more >>
Speculation abounds that a lawsuit regarding the constitutionality of a Texas high school's "Bible Banners" may go all the way to the state supreme court.
Cheerleaders at Kountze High School are awaiting a decision expected soon from the Ninth Judicial District regarding an appeal to an earlier decision upholding the constitutionality of their usage of Bible banners at high school football games.
It was a rare and welcome victory for religious freedom for our all-volunteer military. Congress approved-and President Obama the day after Christmas signed-the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This new law contains stronger language than ever before that assures our service members do not have to give up their own freedoms while protecting ours.
This new law contains some of Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) provisions to assure better implementation of freedom guarantees. In the past, the Obama administration has largely ignored protections for service members. This law provides clear deadlines for the Defense Department to issue new regulations. Military commanders should no longer be in doubt about America's historic commitment to religious freedom in the ranks.
This underscoring of basic freedoms by our Congress should never have been necessary. We have seen under this administration an unprecedented looking away as the basic rights of service members have been infringed. Political correctness seems to be the Order of the Day. This administration has been more interested in using the military as a laboratory for radical social experimentation than as the sword and shield of the republic. more >>
Controversial political activist Julian Assange recently stated his belief that Jesus Christ was a "great activist" and that the Catholic Church uses confessionals to spy on people.
Assange, the founder and head of the website Wikileaks, made his remarks about the Catholic Church in a three-minute speech on British Broadcasting Corporation Radio.
"Through the Confessional system, the Catholic Church spied on lives of its congregants, while Latin mass excluded most people who couldn't speak Latin from any understanding of the very system of thought that bound them," said Assange. more >>
An atheist blogger living in a Chicago suburb has announced his plans to donate $3,000 to the nearby Niles Township Food Pantry after his donation was denied by the Morton Grove Park District and local library.
Hemant Mehta, a Naperville-area teacher and blogger behind the well-known website "Friendly Atheist," said in a recent YouTube video that after his donation was rejected by both the park district and library, he's hoping the food pantry will accept the money and put an end to this saga of rejected donations.
"The food pantry serves a lot of people who are hungry in Morton Grove and the surrounding communities," Mehta said in the YouTube video, posted by The Atheist Voice. "I think that [the Niles Township Food Pantry] is a fair place to give the money. I know I've said this before but I can't imagine they're going to reject the money, especially in this time of the year. There are no restrictions, no strings attached with the money. So I'll be sending them the check very soon." more >>