NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — After a 15-minute speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum defended his freedom to act on his religious beliefs in the public square and asserted that a society that conforms to one set of secular ideas is a "dangerous thing."
After Santorum provided the audience with a heartfelt speech reasserting his desire to stabilize the economy, help the "little guy" and bomb ISIS back to the "seventh century," the 56-year-old was asked during a question-and-answer session how he would answer moderate Republicans who did not like the fact that he was a devout Roman Catholic.
Santorum, who ran in the Republican presidential primary in 2012, asserted that the Constitution protects his rights to act according to his faith in the public forum. more >>
"Confession is good for the soul," said Mark Twain, "but it's bad for the reputation." Candidate Barack Obama in 2008 confessed to his top advisor, David Axelrod, "I'm just not very good at bull____ing." Actually, he was very good at it. He told millions of Americans that he believed marriage was "a sacred union" between a man and a woman. He answered about marriage in Rick Warren's question famed Civic Forum, going even further to say that "God is in the mix."
Four years later, he claimed he had evolved. We've all seen those Darwin fish with feet bumper devices. Evolutionary biologists assure us that it took eons for those finny friends to develop into land roving quadrupeds. Not so, liberal politicians. They can shed old convictions and promises quicker than fishes can shed their scales.
TIME magazine provides this enlightening comment on David Axelrod's new memoir, Believer. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham, head of Samaritan's Purse and son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, feels that other religions are being brought to the forefront in the U.S. while Christianity is being pushed back.
Graham appeared on WNCN News to discuss his recent comments on Duke University's decision to end its policy on having an Islamic call to prayer at the campus' Christian chapel.
He also stated that the U.S. is a nation 'built on Christian principles and that Americans need to embrace those principles. more >>
Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman, set to play the title role in National Geographic Channel's upcoming "Killing Jesus" miniseries, has responded to critics who've questioned the choice of casting by calling for tolerance. Sleiman added that it's an honor to play Jesus, and that he doesn't believe Jesus would judge him for taking on the role.
"In Islam, we believe Jesus is a prophet and respect Him and follow His teachings and put Him beside the prophet Muhammad — a lot of people don't know that," Sleiman said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "As a person who was raised Muslim, it's an honor to play that. … Personally, I've been heavily shaped by his teachings."
Speaking of some of the controversy attached to a Muslim actor playing the role of Jesus, he said he doesn't believe Christ would judge him. more >>
A Roman Catholic Church in Cardoba, Spain, which used to be a mosque, is facing a complaint from the regional government for attempting to distance itself from its Islamic past. Church officials have denied the accusations, however, and said that the Cordoba Cathedral continues to attract major tourist attention every year.
According to The Associated Press, Tourism Chief Rafael Rodriguez said church officials have been attempting to erase the cathedral's Islamic past on its website and on brochures, claiming that the move could hurt tourism to the area.
Denying the accusations, church officials noted that tourism to the region is growing, reaching over 1 million on an annual basis. more >>
A hilarious, and surprisingly inoffensive Saturday Night Live skit poking fun at characters one might meet at Christmas mass has "favorites" ranging from the friendly greeter with the oh-so-sweaty hands to the organist who can't quite find the right note.
The satirical advertisement for St. Joseph's church starts with this introduction: "It's Christmas and you know what that means: it's time for your annual trip to church with your parents. And you're in luck because this year St. Joseph's Church is going full throttle with our one-night only Christmas mass spectacular. We got appearances by all your church favorites."
The music changes from choral holiday music to a rock ballad as the narrator hypes up a somewhat ordinary service as the "Christmas Mass Spectacular." more >>