History, Hmm..., Politics, Religion
Ocasio-Cortez Attends Hanukkah Party, Announces She Has Jewish Rootsby Shifra on December 10, 2018
Oy vey… Actually, Ocasio-Cortez’s claim is more plausible than Elizabeth Warren’s assertion that she has Native American ancestry. But still: DNA test, please 🙂 And, if this is true, she might want to re-think her embrace of noted Jew-hater Linda Sarsour. Via Times of Israel. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the audience at a Hannukah celebration on Sunday evening that she is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled Spain during the Inquisition. At the event organized by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in Queens, New York, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman described how Jews fleeing persecution arrived in Puerto Rico, where cultures would blend and some outwardly practicing Catholics would also keep a menorah at home. “One of the things that...
U.S. Navy Rejects Atheist’s Chaplain Applicationby Shifra on March 21, 2018
The Navy was considering his application, but it was stopped by pushback from lawmakers. Waiting for another lawsuit from this applicant…in 3-2-1… Via Washington Examiner. Sen. Roger Wicker said Wednesday that the Navy has finally denied the application of a man who sought to become a “secular humanist” chaplain for the service. The application of Jason Heap, who was backed by the Humanist Society, was first rejected by the Navy in 2014, but a Navy chaplain advisory board recently recommended approving it. Leadership has done the right thing,” said Wicker, R-Miss., who chairs the Senate Armed Services seapower subcommittee. “The appointment of an atheist to an undeniably religious position is fundamentally incompatible with atheism’s secularism. This decision preserves the distinct...
DC Archdiocese Sues Metropolitan Transit Authority for Rejecting Christmas Adby Shifra on November 28, 2017
Ok, Libs, I’ll say this v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y, so maybe this time you might understand: The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” means that the U.S. government cannot establish a state religion, as was in England at the time of the American Revolutionary War. Via Washington Examiner. The Archdiocese of Washington filed a federal lawsuit against Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s advertising guidelines after the WMATA rejected its proposed ad. WMATA’s legal counsel cited company guidelines while rejecting the ad, saying it “depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion.” The WMATA policy states, “Advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice,...
Revealed: Hillary’s Secret Dream Is to Become a Pastorby Shifra on August 8, 2017
Yep, Hillary wants to preach. But she doesn’t want people to view her as “too pious.” Um, okay… Via Free Beacon. Hillary Clinton has written a foreword for a book inspired by devotionals that pastor Bill Shillady prepared for her during the presidential campaign, and she is considering speaking out more on a topic she has long held private: religion. “Hillary Clinton wants to preach,” begins a piece in The Atlantic by Emma Green, relaying a comment from Shillady. Clinton has been discussing going into ministry, and Shillady thinks the former first lady could definitely do what he does. “Given her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people, she’d make a...
Islamic Georgetown Prof: Slavery and Non-Consensual Sex OK Under Islam?by Shifra on February 12, 2017
Via Daily Caller: A Georgetown University Islamic studies professor has come under fire for a talk he gave earlier this week in which he offered an Islam-based defense of slavery, concubinage and non-consensual sex. Jonathan AC Brown, who serves as director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown, gave his admittedly controversial speech on Tuesday at the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a Virginia-based group that has foundational ties to the Muslim Brotherhood… In the speech, and a subsequent question-and-answer session, Brown, a white convert to Islam, essentially downplayed the harshness of slavery in Islam. He also stated that American and Western society is “obsessed with the idea of autonomy and consent.” … Click through for...
A Call to Prayer, or Noise Pollution? Israel Targets Mosque Loudspeakersby Shifra on November 17, 2016
The Muslim five-times-a-day muezzin’s “call to prayer” over loudspeakers, starting before dawn, is driving many Israelis crazy. But it’s getting a bit more complicated, as many Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel are now against the proposed ban, as they are concerned that the 45-minutes-before-sundown siren on Friday afternoons in Jerusalem could also be banned. Via NYT. It would be easy to miss the mosque in a temporary building with a concrete floor and corrugated roof. But it is impossible to miss the constellation of six loudspeakers atop a giant metal structure resembling the Eiffel Tower. Five times a day, starting well before dawn, these loudspeakers broadcast the muezzin’s call to prayer in Lod, a city of Arabs and Jews near Ben-Gurion...
A Word on the Jewish High Holidaysby Maynard on October 2, 2016
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts at sundown on Sunday, October 2nd. This marks 5777years since Creation, and the beginning of the ten "Days of Awe" prior to Yom Kippur. These are the High Holidays.
Woman Very Upset About Easter Bunny In Church Parking Lotby Tammy on April 6, 2016
“Repent!” This obviously happened during Easter, but just now making a few waves. The woman was, well, upset, and didn’t sound Christian at all. The bunny, however, handled the verbal attack with grace and forgiveness and kept waving. Seriously, aren’t we told to expect the Jesus to show up as anyone anywhere? When accused of being a “Playboy” bunny, he then turned to show his cotton tail. I’m impressed and don’t think the bunny needs to repent at all. At the Pearly Gates, Jesus should have some fun and show up in a bunny suit every now and then. Just Saying. Via Boing Boing. God hates the Easter Bunny, at least when it stands in the parking lot of this...
Compare & Contrast: Obama’s and Sen. Cruz’s Chanukah Greetings To American Jewsby Shifra on December 7, 2015
So, which message do you think was meaningful, heartfelt, well-informed and timely? And guess which one was full of pandering, platitudes, clichés, “social justice” blather… and no mention of God. Via Washington Post: First part: President Obama: “Tonight, Jews in America, Israel, and around the world come together to light the first candle of the Festival of Lights. At its heart, Hanukkah is about the struggle for justice in the face of overwhelming obstacles.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.): “Today Heidi and I wish the Jewish Community a very Happy Chanukah. On this holiday, we remember the miracle that enabled a freedom-loving people – led by the heroic Maccabees – to defeat the oppressive dictator Antiochus so that they could once...
Scoop Of The Century Alert: CNN Reports… Pope Is Not Jewish!by Shifra on September 24, 2015
Thanks for letting us know, CNN. Via BizPac Review: You cannot keep the truth from a crackerjack news staff like those who work at CNN. The self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” Tuesday broke the story of the century when it declared the pope is not Jewish. Following Pope Francis’ arrival for the first time on U.S. soil Tuesday, some were wondering why he had no events planned for the evening. But CNN got to the bottom of it announcing that, while the pope did not schedule any events in deference to the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the pope remains, in fact, Catholic…. CNN reporter just explained that while Pope Francis isn't making any appearances tonight out of respect...
Cal State U. ‘Deactivates’ Christian Group…For Seeking Christian Leadersby Shifra on March 30, 2015
What’s next: Churches to lose tax-exempt status for requiring their pastors to be Christian? Via BizPac: UNBELIEVABLE reason a Christian group got the boot from Calif. campus California State University’s executive order requiring non-discrimination butted heads with Cal State Stanislaus chapter of Chi Alpha, a Christian student organization — and the organization came out the loser. “What they cannot be is faith-based where someone has to have a profession of faith to be that leader,” Associate Vice President of Cal State Tim Lynch said, according to Fox News. “Every club is allowed to establish its own standards for how leaders are selected as long as it’s non-discriminatory.” The group answered the university’s “rules are rules” statement with a common sense...
Student Kicked Out Of Class For Saying “Bless You” To Sneezing Classmateby Shifra on August 21, 2014
And no, this is not from The Onion: Via UPI: Tennessee student kicked out of class for saying ‘bless you’ A Tennessee teenager is claiming religious persecution after allegedly being removed from class for saying “bless you” when another student sneezed…. Here is the girl’s Facebook account of the event: Via MyFox Memphis: No Talking In class? A girl sitting right next me sneezed in class. I said “Bless You!” My teacher (name redacted), asked “Who said that?” I said “me.” She said “Why did you say that?” I said “Because it is courtesy.” She said “Says who?” I said “Says my pastor.” She said “Well we don’t say that in my class.” I asked her why it was a...
Maynard’s Movie Note: “God’s Not Dead”by Maynard on April 8, 2014
When was the last time you saw a film with advocacy of traditional religious values at its core? Suddenly theaters are offering a few choices...but are they any good?
Who Abuses Children, Obama or God?by Maynard on December 12, 2013
This is one of those standard arguments. Perhaps you've heard it? So the anti-religionist says the Bible is bad because God commands Abraham to sacrifice his child. And I answer that the sacrifice was aborted. And the anti-religionist fires back with, "The point is that God commanded Abraham to kill his child, and Abraham was willing to do it. What does that say about God? What does it say about Abraham?" These would be reasonable questions, if they were in fact questions and not just talking points...
Obama’s New Sec’y of Transportation: Divisive and Hostile to Religionby Maynard on May 10, 2013
The first Thursday in May is recognized as the National Day of Prayer. This is the day when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". It has been observed by Federal law since 1952. Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, NC, and Obama's designated Sec'y of Transportation, acknowledged the National Day of Prayer, and then declared Thursday "A Day of Reason" in his city. Does this matter?