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Scottish Catholics Pelted with Eggs as They Go to Mass

This, sadly, is not surprising. This is what happens when you make faith a punchline and mock Christians as stupid. Once you "otherize" a group, it becomes very easy to see them as contemptible and worthy of violence.

BBC:

A priest and parishioners at a Fife church have been attacked with eggs and subjected to anti-Catholic abuse as they made their way into Mass.

The incident happened on Tuesday at St John and St Columba's Church in Rosyth. Police Scotland said they were investigating the incident.

Last July, a visiting priest in Broxburn, West Lothian, called in police after both he and parishioners were subjected to anti-Catholic chants by youths standing outside a church.

Police also had to be called in May 2015 after St Andrew's parish in Livingston was extensively spray-painted with anti-Catholic graffiti.

Father Kevin Dow, St John and St Columba's church priest, said: "It's dreadfully sad that in today's Scotland we still have young people who seem to be brought up or encouraged from elsewhere to be anti-Catholic and to do so in an open, intimidating and violent way."
This is the new normal, folks.

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Teacher's Union Says Betsy Devos is Scarier than the KKK

Speaking at an event organized to oppose President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda in Washington, D.C. Thursday, American Federation of Teachers President Elizabeth “Liz” Davis said that Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is more frightening than the Ku Klux Klan.

Because the Klan was very interested in helping minority children out of failing public schools and attend private schools? What?

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WaPo Mocks Agriculture Nominee for Being a Christian

This is disgusting.


Hey media, wanna' know why we don't trust you to be objective? Things like this.

This is just a needless knock. So condescending.

Mollie Hemingway writes:
The beauty of this headline/social media hit on Perdue is that it manages to raise questions about the paper’s ability to fairly cover both conservative politicians and religious people, in one fell swoop.


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Nearly 1 Million Christians Killed in Last Decade

Silent genocide.

Fox News:

Over 900,000 Christians have been martyred in the last 10 years, a Christian research firm affiliated with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts estimates.

Gordon-Conwell's Center for the Study of Global Christianity recently released its annual report on the persecution of Christians, which found that as many as 90,000 Christians died for their faith in the last year.

Although the study was released this month, the finding that 90,000 Christians — or one Christian every six minutes — were killed in 2016 was leaked by a prominent Italian sociologist named Massimo Introvigne during an interview with Vatican Radio in December and the report received much media attention before it was even released.

Even though 90,000 Christian martyrs might seem like a lot in one year, the think tank maintains that 90,000 Christians have died each year on average from 2005 to 2015.
I wrote a number of stories detailing the persecution of Christians in my book "Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage." Please understand, this is not a problem in just one country or one region. Christian persecution is a worldwide horror which escalates as the world turns its head.


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Matt's Weekly Catholic Education Report Card

Another teacher in same-sex marriage sues Catholic school, diocese after being fired

After losing his job following the announcement of his same-sex marriage to another man on Facebook, a male substitute teacher at a Catholic school in Charlotte, N.C., has filed a federal lawsuit alleging illegal discrimination.
Unsurprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union is involved on the man’s behalf and is urging the court to strip Catholic schools of their right to hire and fire for mission. Does the ACLU remember that freedom of religion is in the Bill of Rights?
A spokesman for the Diocese of Charlotte said the former employee was let go “for going on Facebook, entering in a same-sex relationship and saying in a very public way that he does not agree with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
The former employee told the media, “I wasn’t working for a church. In my mind, I was working for a school.” If you separate the Church from the school, we’re no longer talking about a Catholic school or a Catholic education. Unfortunately, many people still don’t understand this, which is why we need to continue to strengthen — and explain the importance of — Catholic education.
A former Catholic school employee in the Archdiocese of Newark filed a lawsuit a few months ago after being terminated for entering into a same-sex marriage. That case is still ongoing.
 

Wheeling Jesuit to commemorate former KKK, pro-abortion Senator Robert Byrd


Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., will host a traveling exhibit commemorating the life and career of pro-abortion Senator (and former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan) Robert Byrd starting next week.
The Byrd Center says on its website that its mission is to “advance representative democracy by promoting a better understanding of the United States Congress and the Constitution.” I guess they hadn’t read the Fourteenth Amendment which states that the government shall not deprive any person of LIFE.
“We are honored to host this exhibit that chronicles the life and legacy of Sen. Byrd,” said Dr. Robert Phillips, vice president of academics at Wheeling Jesuit. Why?

The university has close ties to Byrd. A building is named after him, and he helped secure millions of dollars for the university.
 

Please continue reading at The Cardinal Newman Society>>>


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Obama Administration Refuses to Alter HHS Mandate

Remember in July, the US Supreme Court remanded the HHS Mandate back to the drawing board, ordering them to find ways to accommodate the objections of religious organizations such as The Little Sisters of the Poor and many Catholic colleges, and Christian organizations.

Unsurprisingly, the National Law Journal this week reported that after receiving over 54,000 comments, the federal agencies are saying they will not modify the mandate at all.

In a Jan. 9 FAQ Release, the Department of Labor said in part, according to Religion Clause:

the comments reviewed by the Departments in response to the RFI indicate that no feasible approach has been identified at this time that would resolve the concerns of religious objectors, while still ensuring that the affected women receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.
So the US Supreme Court told them to change the HHS Mandate and over 54,000 people offered comments. But still, nothing.

One would have to guess that this will end up once again in the Supreme Court. Hopefully, President Trump will nominate a conservative justice who will respect religious liberty.




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Being a Secular Progressive Means...

Being a secular progressive means believing that...

a failure to regulate all industries harms women and minorities especially, while also believing that any attempt to regulate the abortion industry harms women and minorities especially.

gender is meaningless yet men are evil.

science should inform politics but that human life begins whenever a mother darn well says it does.

gender is fluid but sexual identity is fixed at birth.

minorities aren't responsible for crimes they commit but white people are responsible for things their great grandfathers might have done.

Christians must be forced to bake a cake for same-sex marriages because #tolerance but Rockettes have the right not to dance at the presidential inauguration.

sugary products should be taxed out of existence but marijuana should be legalized.

having a gun makes you more likely to be shot while also believing that free birth control makes you less likely to get pregnant.

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>


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William Peter Blatty, Exorcist Author, Dead at 89. RIP

If you have a moment, please say a prayer for author William Peter Blatty and his family.

William Peter Blatty, the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for landmark horror film The Exorcist as well as the director of two films, The Ninth Configuration and The Exorcist III, has died. He was 89.

Exorcist director William Friedkin announced the news on Twitter Friday morning: “William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday,” Friedkin wrote.
Blatty did some work in recent years to attempt to make Georgetown return to Catholicism.

He will be missed.



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German Judges Say Torching of Synagogue isn't Hate, Suspends Sentences

Oh my. German judges have declared that fire-bombing a synagogue by three German Palestinians wasn't anti-Semitism but was simply an attempt to "bring attention to the Gaza conflict" and a “criticism of Israel’s policies.”

The arson occurred in 2014. The following year the three were found quilty of arson and given...community service.

So yeah, firebombing a synagogue is pretty much the equivalent of not paying parking tickets in Germany now.

Mediaite:

The local court ruled that the attack was not anti-Semitic, but intended to “bring attention to the Gaza conflict.” The Jerusalem Post reports that in the most recent ruling, a regional panel of judges agreed and upheld the decision, ruling that the attack was intended to “criticize Israel” in the midst of an IDF offensive in the Gaza strip.

The targeted synagogue is actually the second to be burned on that location. The first was burned down during the Kristallnacht pogrom of 1938.
This is not good. You see what they did here. They've prized politics over humanity. No surprise there. It's more important that they were making a political point, rather than burning down a place or worship.

To the liberal mind, politics are paramount. Humanity is only important to the point that it furthers politics.


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Interesting that Trump Made No Moral Argument About Salacious Accusations

Not that he needed to deny the accusations from those #fakenews documents published by Buzzfeed and reported on by CNN, but when President-elect Donald Trump did deny them, it's interesting that he did not deny them on moral grounds.

Not to be too graphic but the documents, which appear to be faked, allege that Trump, while in Russia, had prostitutes pee on him. I guess that's a thing. Who knows? But I guess the documents attempted to suggest that Russia had pics or vids of him and therefore we had a president who was compromised and blackmail-able.

But Trump's denial was interesting in that it wasn't about morality. One, he said he's too smart for that. He said he warns his colleagues all the time about how small cameras are nowadays that you have to assume what you do might up on the news so be careful.

The other reason was that he's "too much of a germaphobe" for the salacious report to be true.

So it's not that he finds such accusations morally offensive, it's just that he's too germaphobic for that and he's too smart to do it as well.

I find it interesting on two levels because firstly, I wonder if the political calculation was made that he shouldn't go with morally outraged because he's admitted to not being faithful to his wives in the past. I think it's a little sad that our president can't be morally disgusted by such things.

On the other hand, the media just doesn't know what to do with Trump. Trump doesn't make moral arguments like other Republicans. Almost never anyway. He typically talks about what works. And I'm not sure the media or the Democrats will know exactly how to deal with him. I mean, let's be honest, short of getting tinkled on by Russian prostitutes, there's probably no sex scandal that could possibly harm him. Think about it, the people who invented this fake document knew that they couldn't just allege a sexual dalliance.

Let's face it, a sexual encounter with a Russian prostitute would absolutely take down a President Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio precisely because their candidacy's in large part are moral stances. But with Trump they had to up the ante in order to make an impact because they know no regular ol' sexual misconduct would take him down.

It's going to be interesting to see the lengths Trump's enemies go to in order to take him down.

Christians in large part have agreed to go along with a Trump presidency because he's promised to nominate pro-life judges and respect religious liberty. But we must know that, given time, President Trump will be faced with a decision with high moral stakes. And what works and what's right aren't always the same. In the end, decisions have to be based on something. And I would suspect that Trump's thinking would, in the end, be more utilitarian than Christian. And those two ways of thinking will inevitably clash.

So please pray for Trump, his advisors, and for our country that the right decisions are made at the time.

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