Category archives: Religion & Culture

Religion & Politics

by Jared Bridges

April 12, 2007

They’re the proverbial topics you’re told never to speak of at the dinner table, yet the pervasiveness of both ensures that they can’t help but intersect. I’m speaking, of course, about religion and politics.

To further this often forbidden conversation, The Pew Forum on Religion and Public life has launched a new microsite devoted to the 2008 presidential candidates and their views on religious issues. Right now, there are only three Democrats and three Republicans represented, but the site states that there’s more on the way. You can peruse a candidate’s “religious biography,” and find out what they’ve said on issues like abortion, church and state, faith-based initiatives, stem cell research, gay marriage, and more. The site also links to worthy news articles related to a candidate’s religious stance.

Terry Mattingly at GetReligion.org has more to say.

DefCons Protest Of Bible Classes: A Testament Of Ignorance

by Tony Perkins

April 10, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

A liberal organization Defending the Constitution, or DefCon must be dealing with some serious separation anxiety. The group, which says its committed to the separation of church and state, is protesting a recent Time magazine article about the benefits of teaching the Bible in public schools. In the article, writer David van Biema argues that there are cultural and social benefits to understanding Scripture that todays teenagers are missing out on. And hes not alone. Polls show that 60% of Americans agree with teaching Bible literacy in a secular setting like public schools. Why? Not because its a chance to preach to studentsbut because its an opportunity to teach them about Americas biblical foundation. Posting the Ten Commandments in public or reading the Bible doesnt constitute a religionany more than our national motto does. Theyre simply elements of U.S. history. And without them, its impossible to understand Western civilization. So the DefCons, the Barry Lynns, and the ACLUs of the world can try scaring Time magazine into submission. But in the end, all theyll have to show for it is a generation who, like the popular song says, Dont know much about history…

To download this commentary as an MP3, follow this link. To subscribe to the Washington Watch Daily radio commentary, go here.

Americans Question The Pelosi Cover Up In Syria

by Tony Perkins

April 6, 2007

Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:

With the White House opposed to her trip, Speaker Nancy Pelosis visit to Syria was bound to come to a head. More specifically, the headscarf Pelosi agreed to wear to accommodate Muslim tradition. Pelosi toured Damascus and an 8th Century mosque as reporters snapped several pictures of the House leaders headwhich is leading many Americans to scratch theirs. Apart from dealing illegal drugs and supporting terrorism, Syria has a history of oppressing women. And while its troubling that Pelosi would make the trip and defy the Presidentits even more disturbing that she would try to embrace a culture that denounces family, faith, and freedom. In the Muslim world, covering your head is considered an act of submission. If thats the case, American feminists should be outraged. Even Condoleezza Rice refuses to follow Muslim tradition, making her a better ambassador for womens rights than Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately, for those who look to America as a leader in equality, Pelosis undone several years of progress. She said she hopes to rebuild lost confidence. If thats the case, then she ought to start at home.

To download this commentary as an MP3, follow this link. To subscribe to the Washington Watch Daily radio commentary, go here.

Bible Belt Refuses to Buckle under on Religious Courses

by Tony Perkins

April 5, 2007

A Texas legislator, Rep. Warren Chisum (R), has introduced a bill that would require schools to offer history and literacy classes on the Bible. The proposal, now under debate in the House Public Education Committee, would affect over 1,700 districts throughout the state. If it passes, Texas would join several other states in offering elective courses on the most widely distributed book in the world.

Although some are criticizing the move as a violation of church and state, the bill’s sponsor said, “We’re not going to preach the Bible, we’re going to teach the Bible.” Proving that the Good Book is experiencing an educational revival, five other states are considering similar proposals.

Trying to get something from nothing

by Family Research Council

April 4, 2007

Q: Why are there so few Buddhist rhythm and blues bands?

A: Because Buddhists don’t have any soul.

Some Evangelicals are doing some unusual, but interesting, outreach.

Evangelicals hope to ‘reach’ Buddhists

Workshops coincide with Dalai Lama visit

If you’re a Tibetan Buddhist or you’re leaning that way, you may not know it, but you need Jesus.

That’s the thinking behind a series of Christian evangelical workshops — including one later this month in Wheaton — that will coincide with the Dalai Lama’s trip to Chicago and other American cities this spring.

The Dalai Lama is set to visit Chicago in May. A Philadelphia-based Christian missionary group is holding a series of workshops on how to share the gospel with Tibetan Buddhists.

Interserve USA is putting on the workshops to teach Christians how to talk to Buddhists and, perhaps, to win converts. More …

And in case I havent offended Richard Gere yet:

Q: Why don’t Buddhists vacuum in the corners?

A: Because they have no attachments.

Bible thumping, gun toting Christians as terrorists?

by Family Research Council

April 4, 2007

In a scene that could have been written by Rosie O’Donnell a school in Vermont ran a terrorist simulation that strikes me as a little out of sync with reality:

Investigators described them (the psuedo-terrorists) as members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the New Crusaders who don’t believe in separation of church and state. The mock gunmen went to the school seeking justice because the daughter of one had been expelled for praying before class.”

Yes that makes sense, Christians as terrorists. God forbid (oops there is that phrase) they should instead have the terrorists portrayed by religious fanatics that actually have a basis in reality (say a group that would fly planes of innocent civilians into a building full of innocent civilians) and not in TV shows.

London’s Bridges to Islam Falling Down

by Tony Perkins

April 4, 2007

Saint George may have slain the dragon, but it’s becoming painfully obvious that even he cannot conquer Great Britain’s wave of political correctness. As the country copes with an influx of Muslims, the church and government are finding it extremely difficult to maintain their British identity. As an example, the Church of England is considering removing the cross of St. George from its flag because of its association with the medieval crusades. The debate has enraged citizens who are concerned that the country may soon become unrecognizable in its pursuit of cultural pluralism.

This week, British papers are also reporting a growing problem with the public school curriculum. For fear of “offending” Muslim students, teachers have become increasingly hesitant to teach history lessons on the Holocaust because of the students’ predominantly anti-Semitic feelings. A government study found that educators are also afraid to tackle the 11th century crusades, in which Christians fought Islam for control of the Holy Land, or the Arab-Israeli conflict. Since the curriculum often conflicts with what some children are taught at the local mosques, some teachers are dropping the lessons altogether.

Sadly, it reflects the international trend to use history as a means, not for teaching the truth but promoting a value-free form of tolerance. As Chris McGovern, a government advisor, said, “Children must have access to knowledge of these controversial subjects, whether palatable or unpalatable.” Until Britons rise up to defend the traditions that they hold dear, these P.C. policies will only facilitate their nation’s decline. Americans should take notice!

On a Congressional Wing and a Prayer

by Tony Perkins

March 30, 2007

When it comes to promoting faith on Capitol Hill, there is safety in numbers—”219” to be exact. That’s the House meeting room where a group of members gather each week to ask the Lord’s blessing on our nation. In 2005, Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) made it official by creating the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a group of leaders committed to praying for our nation and protecting the rights of all Americans to pray. In the past two years, the number of Caucus members has grown to 42 (almost a 10% of the representatives in the House).

Yesterday, FRC attended the press conference in which the Caucus announced its plan to spread what they call “219 prayer groups” across America. They hope that as the faithful meet to pray these “spiritual blocks” will form a powerful wall of protection around America. We applaud Rep. Forbes’ leadership in helping to fulfill 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, who are called by my Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and heal their land.” We invite you to join with the 219 group and FRC, which also has a prayer initiative as part of our Church Ministries Program. Both are keys to the revival our country so desperately needs.

Following Mommy’s Steps: Hamas’ Tool to Recruit Children Bombers

by Family Research Council

March 24, 2007

A “music video” broadcast on a Palestinian Hamas TV station on Wednesday features a young Palestinian girl singing to her mother who is preparing to carry out a suicide bomb attack. The caption of the video reads, “Duha, daughter of suicide bomber Reem Riyashi, sings to her mother.” In 2004, Riyashi killed four Israelis after blowing herself up on a border crossing between Israel and Gaza.

Initially the little girl is frightened (Mommy, what are you carrying in your arms instead of me.”) but after seeing her mom on TV, the daughter has a change of heart: Instead of me you carried a bomb in your hands. Only now, I know what was more precious than us. May your steps be blessed, and may you be flawless for Jerusalem. Send greetings to our messenger Muhammad.

By the end of the video the girl decides to become a bomber herself. After finding explosives in her mothers drawer she says, My love will not be (merely) words. I am following mommy in her steps.

(HT: Iconia)

CAIR But Not Paravel

by Tony Perkins

March 15, 2007

Despite protests from some members of Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) allowed the radical Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization with reported ties to terror groups and funding from Arab regimes, to hold a discussion on Islam in America’s greatest symbol of freedom and democracy - the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi allowed CAIR access to the Capitol despite its animosity toward the very government in which she serves. The group has refused to renounce Muslim extremism or condemn fundamentalist terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.

Tuesday, its leaders even offered their support to a lawsuit filed on behalf of six imams who were escorted off a U.S. Airways flight after making anti-American statements, disrupting passengers with shouts to Allah, requesting unneeded seatbelt extenders, and arousing suspicion by moving from their assigned seats to a pattern associated with the 9-11 attacks. At a public press conference to announce the suit, CAIR forced Washington Times and CBN reporters off the premises saying they were “not welcome.” Perhaps CAIR’s leadership is concerned that these journalists understand the danger behind their radical agenda.

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