Alabama Supreme Court rebuffs federal court in ‘historic’ ruling: forbids marriage licenses for gay ...

Mar 6, 2015 by

By Lisa Bourne, LifeSite: Alabama’s high court has upheld the state’s definition of marriage and ordered a halt to marriage licenses for homosexual couples in the state, while also criticizing its federal counterpart for striking down DOMA. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that “nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides” state judges’ duty to administer state law. The all-Republican court also said the federal district court had employed a “judicial sleight of hand”...

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‘Good disagreement’ breaks out at CEEC meeting

Mar 6, 2015 by

By Madeleine Davies, Church Times: HOPES for the shared conversations about sexuality appear to have been raised by an outbreak of “good disagreement” at a conference held by the Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) in London on Saturday. The “consultation on scripture and sexuality” was held at St James the Less, Pimlico, and organised by the Revd Dr Andrew Goddard, associate director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, and a member of the...

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Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

Mar 6, 2015 by

By Justin P McBrayer, New York Times: What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in...

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Lenten Meditations: Friday 6 March

Mar 6, 2015 by

Psalms: am: 69; pm: 73 OT: Jeremiah 8:18-9:6 Epistle: 1 Jn 3:21-24; 4:1-11 Gospel: Mark 14:43-72 FRIDAY OF LENT II – 42 Martyrs of Amorion in Phrygia (845) LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: The story of these Martyrs is being played out again as we in the Church standby shocked over the acts of ISIS towards the Christian Community in Syria and Iraq. The recent slaying of the Egyptian Christians should not only break our hearts but compel us as these disciples who we remember this day were...

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Britain Funding Separateness, Not Integration

Mar 5, 2015 by

By Samuel Westrop, Gatestone Institute: Increasingly, segregated religious communities receive state funds in order to remain separate. That extremists would gain a foothold seems inevitable. “We believe that single faith schools will mean more discrimination and a greater stranglehold of the most conservative, anti-women and communal individuals over our children’s education and our communities as a whole.” — Spokesperson for South Asian Women in London, 2002. “Instead...

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If we can ‘pardon’ past convictions for gross indecency, why not heresy?

Mar 5, 2015 by

From Archbishop Cranmer: The Royal Pardon is usually reserved for those who, having once been convicted of a criminal act, are subsequently discovered to have been innocent of the offence and so granted the Monarch’s prerogative of Grace and Mercy in the remission of any retributive sentence, with all stain and shame upon their name and reputation being thereby expunged from all official records. It usually follows a request by a family member, and may be granted posthumously. In the case of...

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The Shopkeeper’s Dilemma and Cooperation with Evil

Mar 5, 2015 by

By Robert T Miller, Public Discourse: A shopkeeper who objects to sex-same weddings but who nevertheless provides services at such weddings generally acts in a morally permissible way if he acts to comply with a validly-enacted law, to preserve the goodwill of his business, and to make a just profit. Nevertheless, a law that in this way coerces a shopkeeper to cooperate with actions he reasonably believes immoral is gravely unjust. Russell Nieli and Jeffery J. Ventrella have been arguing here...

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Lenten Meditations: Thursday 5 March

Mar 5, 2015 by

Psalms: am: 70, 71; pm: 74 OT: Jeremiah 4:9-10, 19-28 Epistle: Romans 2:12-24 Gospel: John 5:19-29 THURSDAY OF LENT II:  St. Kieran/ Ciaran of Saigher, Monk and Bishop,  4th Century LITURGICAL THEME OF THE DAY: Today in the west we mark the date for St. Kieran, a 4th Century saint from the south of County Cork.  He left Ireland before the arrival of St. Patrick. Already a Christian, and of royal Ulster blood, he had determined to study for the Church; hence, he secured an education at Tours...

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Liberal attitude to underage sex at heart of Oxford abuse scandal

Mar 4, 2015 by

By Laura Perrins, The Conservative Woman: The feeding frenzy over the Oxford abuse scandal will be mighty, righteous and great. Many will blame social services and the police for being completely useless, which they are. Others will blame the perpetrators ‘of mostly Pakistani heritage’ and of course they are primarily to blame. Inevitably, ‘society’ will be blamed for treating the victims of this abuse as trash because of their background and I have no doubt that many professionals did believe...

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Pro-abortion buffer-zone campaign is money-driven and anti-women

Mar 4, 2015 by

By John Smeaton, SPUC: The abortion industry’s “Back Off” campaign is a money-driven exercise designed to stop women receiving help to avoid abortions. Paul Tully,SPUC‘s general secretary, told the media this morning: “The campaign against these pro-life counsellors is being supported and run by private abortion clinics and others with financial interests in abortion. They do not want women getting help to avoid abortions. The abortion industry is losing money,...

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