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* Gay priests urged to leave church
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LAWYER IN IRANIAN STONING CASE MISSING: MOMENTUM
BEHIND PETITION AGAINST EXECUTION BUILDS
The attorney for a 34-year-old Iranian woman convicted of adultery
and sentenced to death-by-stoning has gone missing, amidst a growing
international outcry protesting the brutal form of execution.
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the mother of two children was found
guilty of adultery; she was originally sentenced to receive 99 lashes;
the death-by-stoning. An international campaign against the brutal
punishment was promptly launched. This past week, the Iranian
suspended, but amnesty groups fear that some other method such as
hanging will be used.
Mass protests are scheduled this weekend.
An on-line petition has been established urging that
the practice of death-by-stoning be abolished, and that
the verdict against Ashtiani be set set aside. Visit
participate and sign the petition.
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REPORT: 25% - 50% of Catholic Priests Gay!
ATHEISTS URGE THEM TO LEAVE THE FOLD...
An Atheist advocacy group today called upon Roman Catholic priests
are gay to resign from the church and reject the
repressive teachings on homosexuality--and much else.
This comes following an expose by the Italian weekly news magazine
Panorama titled "Good Nights Out For Gay Priests." Investigative
journalist Carmelo Abbate who spent time undercover filming and
interviewing gay clerics who often flaunted their lifestyle, and
even hired male escorts for private parties. Panorama's expose
seems to confirm a 2000 study by Father Donald Cozzens whose book,
The Changing Face of the Priesthood suggested that as many as 60%
of American Catholic priests were gay.
Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists, said, "In an
institution where men and women are treated as equals--as human
beings!--double lives (hypocrisy) aren't necessary. These men
should choose integrity, honest lives, not continuing support for
unsupportable, irrational dogma that misleads millions and expands
human suffering rather than easing it."
Dr. Buckner added, "The issues of sexual abuse of children by clergy
and the church's policies regarding accepting homosexuality are
connected (though the abuse has certainly not been exclusively of
hypocrisy and dishonesty plague the
but these are perhaps the most damaging. Sexual orientation is a
different question altogether from clerical pedophile abuse. The
church considers gays to be 'sinners,' and we think it appropriate
that any gay clerics reject this superstition."
Dave Silverman, Vice President and Communications Director for
American Atheists, encouraged recognition of gay rights and openness
about problems: "Gay men and women continue to speak out for civil
rights and social recognition. There is no longer any need to hide
in the shadows even of the priesthood."
Silverman added: "There are many religions out there, and some
are far less intolerant or antiquated than Catholicism. We agree
and pursue a life of tolerance and civility."
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Gay Priests Blasted For Leading 'Double Life' By Church
Catholic Church in
abuse scandal, lashed out Friday at gay priests who are leading a
double life, urging them to come out of the closet and leave the
priesthood. The Diocese of Rome issued the strongly worded statement
after the conservative Panorama newsweekly said in a cover story
and accompanying video that it had interviewed three gay priests
encounters with strangers, including one in a church building.
Religious freedom, hypocrisy clash at Ground Zero Far too many
Americans are hypocrites, demanding rights while denying those
same rights to others. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wants to build a
community center (that will include a space in which Muslims can
pray) two blocks from Ground Zero--the site of the terrorist attack
Over 30 Pro-Family Groups Ask Court for Role in Day of Prayer Case
Over 30 conservative organizations are asking the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to allow them to participate in oral
arguments supporting the National Day of Prayer, with at least one
group calling the Obama administration's defense of the observance
"inadequate. "In a motion filed this week, the organizations -
which include Focus on the Family Action, Liberty Counsel, and
slew of pro-family groups - said the brief filed by the Obama
administration does rely upon, or even mention, some key rulings
by the court that they say would foreclose any possibility that
plaintiffs have standing to bring Establishment Clause suits. Over
30 Pro-Family Groups Ask Court for Role in Day of Prayer Case
Atheists: Faith Not Needed to Love Country
Kieffer's faith first wavered on a
platoon leader enlisted for religious reasons - to fight faithless
communists, he said - but left battle a nonbeliever. Kieffer,
now president of the Atheists of Florida, recounted the moment
to a crowd of believers and fellow atheists Thursday night at the
The Hidden Dimensions Of Science Vs. Religion Have the extremes
of the Science vs. Religion run their course? Is it time to step
beyond the vision of Science and Spirituality as a one-dimensional
spectrum? Is it time to say to those who fight from the poles of
that spectrum "enough!" and move on? This question drew sparks in
the science blogosphere, last month. I was glad to see the issue
raised. The extremes of the science and religion debate have had
their say. They offer little to us anymore but a tired standard
that fails to meet the most important challenge of our moment -
the need to create something new.
FIRST-PERSON: Atheism among scientists
R. Albert Mohler Jr.
From time to time, a column in a newspaper is more revealing than its
author probably intended it to be. That seems to be the case with
"Myths Widen the Science-Religion Divide" by Elaine Howard Ecklund,
published in the July 19 edition of USA Today. From time to time,
a column in a newspaper is more revealing than its author probably
intended it to be.
Santa Claus Rips Catholic Church Talk about piling on -- now even
Santa Claus is taking shots at the Catholic Church. An explanation,
of course, is in order. It's not the jolly old elf who lives at the
North Pole with toy-crafting elves and flying reindeer. No, Virginia,
this is a decidedly more politicized Claus, an ordained bishop from
courting priests is hardly an anomaly. But a recent expose© is
rocking the Catholic Church.
A gay priest, wearing his clerical collar, a shirt, and little else,
was caught on video in an Italian newspaper's investigation. In the
basement dining room of Le Mani In Pasta, a trattoria in central
table for two.
Christian Coed Sues to Stay in Counseling Program When officials
Jennifer Keeton they were concerned her outspoken Christian views
might affect her ability to work with gay, lesbian and transgender
clients, they gave her a choice: participate in a remediation plan
or leave school. Instead, she has chosen to sue.
Polygamist Warren Jeffs Can Now Marry Off Underaged Girls With
Impunity While it comes as no surprise that the Utah Supreme Court
has overturned the convictions against polygamist Warren Jeffs today,
the outrage is no less palpable for feminists watching around the
Jeffs, the so-called prophet of the
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), was convicted as an
accomplice to rape in 2007 because he forced a 14-year-old girl,
Elissa Wall, to marry her 19-year-old cousin.
Just How Far Is the "Ground Zero Mosque" From Ground Zero? The
"Ground Zero Mosque" that we have been and will be hearing so much
about is not exactly a mosque, nor is it at Ground Zero. Here's why:
you can't see Ground Zero -- the former site of the World Trade
Center -- from the future site of the Cordoba From 45 Park Place,
the former Burlington Coat Factory building that will make way for
the Cordoba House, it's two blocks, around a corner, to get to the
any mass transit stations, so you would need to go out of your way
to have it offend you.House.
Tim Lahaye, Evangelical Christian Minister, Warns Obama Bringing Us Closer
To 'The Apocalypse' (VIDEO) Evangelical Christian minister
Tim LaHaye says that the policy initiatives put forth by the
Obama administration are bringing the country "closer to the
apocalypse. "LaHaye issued the dire warning in an appearance this
week on Mike Huckabee's talk show on Fox News.
Sharia, Marital Abuse and Rape As I noted in a comment yesterday,
the one big example of Sharia law allegedly coming to the United
that all the wingnuts talk about -- the case in
where a state judge refused to grant a PPO for an abusive Muslim
husband because his religion gave him the right to beat his wife --
has been overturned by the appeals court. There are a couple of
important things to note here. First, this really had nothing to
do with Sharia law. The judge did not attempt to apply any such
law. It was a very narrow finding on the question of intent, with
the judge concluding that because the husband had the expectation
that it was okay to beat his wife and force her to have sex, he
lacked any specific criminal intent. That's a horrible, horrible
ruling -- but it isn't an application of Sharia law.
the economy slips: Every day, the economist Daniel Hungerman
looks at the graph that hangs above his desk at the University of
Dame. One jagged line goes down and up. This is
gross domestic product since 1972. Another jagged line goes up and
down. This is the religiosity of Americans over the same period, as
measured by church attendance. The lines show an almost exact inverse
correlation. "You can see as clear as day a negative relationship
in this picture," says Hungerman, who threw the chart together for
fun. "When the business cycle goes up, religious attendance goes
down, and vice versa. The good mystery is why."
Updated: Obama skips, McDonnell attends historic boy scout jamboree
President Obama may not be planning to speak at the 100th anniversary
of the boy scouts' jamboree today in Virginia, but Gov. Bob McDonnell
wouldn't miss it. McDonnell was a boy scout. His two sons were
boy scouts. And his wife, Maureen, and all three of their daughters
were girl scouts or brownies.
Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning has gone missing,
Amnesty International said last night. Also, two of Mohammad
Mostafaei's relatives have reportedly been detained.
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